The owner of a Birmingham takeaway has been fined thousands of pounds after his curry and kebab shop was found to be riddled with mouse droppings.
Environmental health officers also discovered a cockroach when they visited Mirchi, owned by Mohammed Ayub.
They swooped on the Soho Road, Handsworth, business last October after an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public that rats had been spotted scurrying around, Birmingham Magistrates Court heard.
“Officers found mouse droppings in the kitchen in a box containing onions, as well as on the shelves of the food preparation units,” said Emma Hall, prosecuting on behalf of Birmingham City Council.
“They also found droppings on jars containing food and near food processors, as well as in an open container of milkshake powder.
“A live mouse was found on a sticky board in the cellar, as well as a cockroach on another board.
“The premises were generally in a dirty condition.
“The officers felt there was an imminent risk to consumers’ health and applied for an emergency prohibition order to close it down.”
Four days later officers returned and found the premises in a much cleaner condition and the takeaway was allowed to reopen.
However, when officers returned in December, they found Mohammed Ayub had still not implemented proper food safety practices or trained staff in hygiene.
Speaking through a translator, Ayub, 39, of Station Road, Handsworth, pleaded guilty to eight counts of breaching food hygiene regulations.
Changese Khan, defending, said: “There was a significant issue with mice at the property, which they had recognised and were acting on ahead of the officers’ first visit.
“After the visit remedial action was taken swiftly.”
He said Ayub was “functionally illiterate” and not capable of keeping records of when the premises were cleaned. Since the last inspection Ayub and his team had all undergone extensive food hygiene training, he added.
Ayub was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £1,460 costs, as well as a £15 victim surcharge.