OWNERS of a city chicken shop have been fined after failing to maintain the premises in a clean condition and failure to protect food against contamination.
The owners of Stoney Fried Chicken, based on Stoney Stanton Road, pleaded guilty to the two charges and have been fined a total of £828 for the breaches of food hygiene at the chicken restaurant.
Basharat Ali, 30, of Leicester Causeway, Coventry, and Riasat Majeed, 37, of Dudley Street, Coventry, were both fined £150 for each offence plus costs of £508 and a victim surcharge of £20.
Food safety officers from Coventry City Council visited the business in January 2016 and discovered poor cleaning throughout the restaurant, with touch points encrusted with grease and food debris.
No anti-bacterial sanitiser was in use and officers had to show the restaurant staff how to clean to prevent risk of cross contamination after handling raw chicken.
They also discovered food was being stored on the floor in the outside store room and dirty cloths were used for wiping down services.
Nicola Castledine, food and safety manager at Coventry City Council, said should business owners fail to maintain hygiene standards then they will be prosecuted.
She added: “A good standard of hygiene in a restaurant is something we all expect as a bare minimum.
“When this is breached it can put people at serious risk of severe food poisoning and illness – it’s simply not acceptable.
“We work closely with premises that prepare food to ensure that they have the information they need to maintain good standards of hygiene.
“We take public safety and food hygiene seriously and we won’t tolerate those that treat it as an option.”