Local takeaway prosecuted for hygiene breaches

Selby District Council has prosecuted a local takeaway for hygiene breaches.

At York Magistrates Court today (Friday 16 September), the food business operators of Bengal Spice in Osgodby, pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching food safety and hygiene regulations.

The prosecution follows a report in December 2021 to the Council after a customer found a small beetle in a takeaway meal from Bengal Spice in Osgodby. This was later identified as a German cockroach.

Officers visited the premises and found a signification infestation of German cockroaches throughout the premises including food preparation and storage areas. The business agreed to close, deal with the infestation, and carry out a deep clean before being allowed to reopen a week later.

The Food Business Operators were charged with three counts of breaching Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.

The Food Business Operator, Bangla Catering LTD, received a fine of £8,000 and was ordered to pay costs of £4,000.

Lead Executive Member for Health and Culture, Councillor Tim Grogan, said. “I welcome the decision made by the York Magistrates Court. We take these kinds of offences very seriously. 

“Food business operators have a responsibility to maintain safe and hygiene standards and those who do not must be held accountable for their actions. I would like to thank officers for their significant work which has led to this successful prosecution. 

“Residents and visitors in our district have a right to safe food. This prosecution by the Council sends out a clear message to the food industry that non-compliance will not be tolerated.”