Hygiene inspectors have slated a fast food outlet in the Shetland Islands after it was found to be overseeing poor hygiene standards that did not comply with the latest food regulations.
The Turkish Delight, in Harbour Street, Lerwick, was visited by the local authority's environmental health department and its inspectors described it as "dirty and unhygienic", reports the Shetland Times. It has since made an attempt to clean up and improve the standards under which it works.
Owner Saban Kusmus, 49, appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court this week and confessed to nine charges against him. Each of the allegations related to an offence that was found at the premises between August 2011 and January this year.
Prosecutors claimed the threat to public health had been very real and significant, indicating there may have been a sickness outbreak had disaster struck the takeaway.
Procurator fiscal Duncan MacKenzie told the court that Mr Kusmus had appeared to disregard the directions offered by the inspectors and displayed a lack of cooperation. Environmental health officials even gave him leaflets written in his native language of Turkish in a bid to explain what he needed to do to clean up his act.
One good starting point may have been to invest in a range of modern cleaning products and instruct staff to use these effectively.
"It's clear it was a positive choice on his part to operate dirty and unhygienic premises. These are basic food hygiene failings. They are significant and do constitute a very real risk to public health. Environmental health remain committed to working with him, and I don't think Mr Kusmus appreciates the seriousness of these offences," Mr MacKenzie explained.
Businesses around the country that come into contact with food should be aware of what is expected of them from a hygiene standpoint. Failure to comply can lead to a loss of reputation, possible closure and punishments such as financial penalties, all of which can be avoided with an effective cleaning system.