A restaurant owner in Worksop is facing up to the prospect of 15 convictions for poor hygiene standards, after being charged with that many offences under industry legislation.
Mohammed Abdul Kashem, who runs the Monsoon eatery in the town, has been hit with numerous charges following an inspection of his premises by environmental health experts. The Worksop Guardian has told how he is alleged to have contravened several food hygiene rules.
Bassetlaw Council sent its environmental inspectors to the restaurant and, based on their findings, decided to begin legal proceedings against the businessman. He was due to appear at Worksop Magistrates' Court on Friday (January 11th), but did not show at the time he was meant to.
The allegations levelled at Mr Kashem include one that he allowed cooked spinach to be made available for sale when it had flecks of mould on it. It was also suggested that he had permitted the storage of food that could promote bacteria development at a temperature above eight degrees C.
A hygiene rule also stipulates that food must be kept free of contamination and any environment in which this could occur, so that it does not threaten human health. However, Mr Kashem is accused of breaching this particular regulation.
He is also facing a charge that he did not ensure his kitchen areas were kept clean and tidy, as well as being in a fit state in which to prepare food. All zones due to be used for this purpose should be in a good condition and fully repaired, but it seems Monsoon may have failed to live up to the required standards.
The charges brought by the council against Mr Kashem relate to inspections that were carried out on or before November 17th 2011.
As well as the hygiene failings he is accused of committing, the restaurateur is also charged with three counts of failing to comply with notices served by the council in order to improve conditions at the site.