10 Jan 2019

Store prosecuted for selling unsafe food

A convenience store in Montpelier which was found to have an established mouse infestation and to be selling unsafe food has been prosecuted for a number of food safety and hygiene offences.

Jamil Ahmed of Hambrook and Saghir Ahmed of Montpelier, who are directors of Galliford Stores Limited in Bath Buildings off Picton Street, pleaded guilty to 13 offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (Regulations) Act 2013 at Bristol Magistrates’ Court.

The case has been committed to Bristol Crown Court for sentencing on 14 February. The directors are also subject to a bail condition prohibiting them from participating in the management of any food business.

Bristol City Council first visited the store in July 2017 following a complaint from a member of the public. Over a period of 16 months, several visits have been made to the premises where officers found unsafe food for sale that was past its use-by date. On one occasion, 49 items that were past their use-by date were removed from sale.

The defendant’s also failed to carry out pest proofing despite evidence of regular mouse activity and mouse and rat droppings being found in the store. Adequate cleaning of the store was not carried out and the store was in a visibly filthy condition, including a microwave, shelves and the fridges which were dirty and dusty.  A number of Hygiene Improvement Notices have not been complied with.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for regulatory services, said: “The owners of this business made no steps to manage food safety and protect their customers. They persistently failed to carry out the most basic checks required of food business operators.

“We gave them every opportunity to bring their business up to the required minimum standard, but it is our duty to protect the public from unsafe food sources.”

Food Safety issues can be reported to Bristol City Council by email on food.safety@bristol.gov.uk or by telephone: 0117 922 2500. Or via the Food Standards Agency web page https://www.food.gov.uk/