A WOMAN has been banned from operating any food business in the UK after her takeaway was found to be filthy and infested with mice.
Inspectors found an overflowing toilet, dirty kitchen and food storage areas, and inadequate hand-washing facilities when they visited Dewan Indian Cafe and Takeaway in Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth.
The business was ordered to shut for seven days after a mouse ran past a city council inspector and into a storage cupboard at the premises.
Now Tahera Sultana, 31, who ran the business, has admitted five breaches of hygiene regulations at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.
Sultana was also fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Magistrates heard Ms Sultana’s husband is the chef and manages the running of the business.
He was present during the inspection.
The court heard that when officers returned to the premises, their requests had still not all been complied with.
A further inspection in October revealed conditions had declined again to the point where three hygiene improvement notices were issued.
Ms Sultana, who was not represented at the hearing, told magistrates the premises is cleaned daily.
Speaking through an interpreter, she said: ‘From now on I will take care, I will do everything I can to keep it clean.’
Alan Cufley, head of service for environmental health at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Food hygiene is of prime importance and we cannot allow poor standards and behaviour that put customers at risk.
‘We will take appropriate action, including prosecution, to protect the health and safety of the public.
‘Clearly the court agreed with us that the food business operator should be prohibited from running a commercial operation as they had systematically failed to demonstrate that they could operate in line with hygiene requirements.’