Hereford Magistrates Court has upheld Herefordshire Council’s decision to shutdown a food premises in Ledbury.
On the evening of 3 December 2015 council officers undertook a routine unannounced inspection of the Paradise Balti & Tandoori on Bye Street in Ledbury. The case officer considered that an infestation of cockroaches there posed an imminent risk to health and, as required under the food hygiene regulations, officers therefore served an emergency prohibition notice on the premises and arranged a hearing at Hereford Magistrates Court. On Monday 7 December the magistrates heard this case and after careful consideration signed a formal closing order to shut down the takeaway with immediate effect with costs of £500 being awarded to Herefordshire Council.
Sarah Osborne, principal environmental health officer and one of the case officers said, “We are pleased that the court confirmed the notice, reflecting the seriousness of the matter. Our aim is to put the safety of our public first, although we are also working closely with the business to ensure that it can be opened up as soon as the situation has improved.”
The council inspects food premises according to risk and has powers to shutdown any business that poses a significant risk to health. Voluntary closures are not uncommon in Herefordshire, although because of the seriousness of this case, this is the first formal closure of its kind after a number of years.
If you have a complaint about a food business then you can contact the environmental health service on 01432 261761, or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org