Brick Lane curry house fined for mouse infestation
The owner of one of the famed curry houses on London’s Brick Lane will have to pay out £10,000 after a mouse infestation and other health violations were found on the premises.
Environmental health officers from Tower Hamlets found numerous dead mice at the Muhib Indian Cuisine restaurant in April last year. Rodent droppings were found in a box of salad and three mice in varying states of decomposition were found on a sticky trap.
The restaurant was immediately served with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice and this week former manager, Batir Miah, pleaded guilty to seven breaches of European Commission food hygiene regulations.
Prosecuting attorney, Archie Maddan, told Snaresbrook Crown Court that Miah had previously been served notices in November 2010 and March 2011 warning him to improve standards at the restaurant.
Mr Maddan said, “The officers described it as a serious mice infestation indicated by the large volume of droppings and the spread throughout the property.”
Miah was also banned from managing any food outlets, but was allowed to continue his current job as a waiter at the restaurant. Imposing a £7,000 fine and £3,000 costs bill on Miah, Judge Martyn Zeidman said that it was a particularly bad case.
“There were very serious defects in the system or lack of system in this restaurant,” he said. “I must protect the public against any further misconduct and in the circumstances it is proper to impose a prohibition on you managing any food business.”