Butchery men fined £8k on hygiene and safety charge

Two men involved with a Penge butcher have been prosecuted and ordered to pay fines and costs of over £8,000 by Bromley Magistrates Court.

Zia Mohammed and Farid Shahabzai pleaded guilty to the food hygiene and safety offences related to their involvement with ‘Mr Meat’, 133 High Street, Penge.
 
The offences were discovered during a routine inspection by Bromley food safety officers in December 2014 and brought before Bromley Magistrates Court on 15 July 2015. Both were sentenced on 8 September 2015.

Zia Mohammed was fined £1,100 plus a £50 victim surcharge and £6,000 in costs.  Farid Shahabzai was fined £1,100 plus a £30 victim surcharge and £2,000.
 
The men were also prosecuted for obstructing the Council’s officers during their investigation by failing to provide information about the operation of the food business or any personal details. This made it difficult for the necessary inspections to be completed and to ascertain who was responsible for running the business.

“Bromley’s food safety officers routinely inspect some 2,000 premises across the borough to ensure that they are well run and that customers are protected from poor hygiene practices,”  said Cllr Kate Lymer executive member for public protection and safety. “They give guidance and support to help businesses improve, but will not hesitate to take strong action where they attempt to operate outside the law.”

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