Council successfully prosecutes Hayes supermarket
Monday 23 December: A Hayes supermarket has been hit with a hefty fine after Hillingdon Council's food inspectors found rat droppings and out of date food on site.
Amar Singh Superstore Ltd, trading as Dawley News and Booze, in Dawley Road, Hayes and its former director Sandip Singh Arora, aged 20, of Osterley Park Road, Southall, were given fines and costs totalling £7,775 at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Monday 16 December.
Environmental health officers visited the premises on 7 December 2018 after receiving a complaint from a member of the public.They discovered vegetable and chicken samosas, packs of pepperoni and meatballs past their 'use by' date, and mouse and rat droppings were found under shelves. Employees did not have basic food hygiene knowledge, including an understanding of what temperatures perishable foods should be kept at. A further visit on 20 August this year again found foods past their 'use by' date.
The council prosecuted the shop for selling food past its use by date and for failing to keep the shop clean and free from pests under Food Safety & Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.
Cllr Douglas Mills, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: "Thanks to the dedicated efforts of our environmental health officers, this supermarket has been brought to task. By continuing to sell highly perishable food past its 'use by' date, Arora had a complete disregard for the health of his customers, presenting a risk of food poisoning to anyone who consumed the food. A simple daily check of dates would have been sufficient to remove these foods from sale. Let this prosecution serve as a warning to others that we will not tolerate such a blatant disregard for the law."