MAGISTRATES have confirmed a decision by Reading Borough Council’s food safety team to shut down a Wokingham Road takeaway following a major cockroach infestation.
Chicken Base, 144 Wokingham Road, was visited by food safety officers on 27th October 2017 after a report from a member of the public that there was an infestation of cockroaches. Inspectors subsequently found evidence of a German Cockroach infestation.
During the visit, officers found live German Cockroaches, egg sacks and conditions that would encourage and sustain an infestation, such as unclean equipment, general disrepair and open water sources.
Council food safety officers decided the findings presented an imminent risk to health for consumers and that the food business operator did not have sufficient controls in place. They issued a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice and the takeaway was immediately shut down.
On Friday (November 10th) Reading Magistrates were presented with evidence of the food safety team’s findings, which included photographs. Reading Magistrates confirmed the Council’s issue of a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice and issued a Declaration that the Health Risk Condition was fulfilled by the takeaway.
The Council was awarded costs totalling £1,552. Prior to the hearing the premises was reopened by food safety officers as works had been taken to remove the imminent risk to health.
Sarah Hacker, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Consumer Services, said:
“There is no excuse for this kind of breach of basic food hygiene. While the majority of food outlets in Reading are responsible, that was clearly not the case here.
“Public safety remains a priority and business owners need to know we will take action where we receive reports.
“The work of the food safety team at Reading is an example of the sort of essential Council work that goes on behind the scenes to protect the public. My congratulations to the team for yet another successful prohibition order.”
Notes To Editors:
Photographs of the food safety team’s inspection findings are available on request from the Council’s Press Office on 0118 937 2301 or for download from https://flic.kr/s/aHskx5StVF
The German cockroach is the UK’s most common type of cockroach.