A Rusholme takeaway has been fined over £9,500 after health inspectors found safety violations including evidence of mice and rats, as well as no water supply, last year.
Chicken Cottage, 71-73 Wilmslow Road, was fined £8,000, plus £1,442.97 in costs and a £100 victim surcharge at Manchester Magistrates Court on 6 July 2016 for eight different food safety offences.
Inspectors visited the takeaway, owned by Taj Corporation Limited, in April 2015 after a member of the public complained, where they found a lack of a water supply as well as dirty walls and surfaces.
Councillor Nigel Murphy: “The total disregard for hygiene displayed by this company is completely unacceptable, which is illustrated by the severity of the fine.
“This case should serve as a warning – our inspectors are out there and will not hesitate in taking action to protect the public.”
The Manchester City Council executive member for neighbourhoods stated that food businesses had a ‘responsibility’ to consumers to maintain high standards of hygiene.
Mouse droppings had been found under in a cupboard under the coffee machine, and rat droppings were found on the stairs between the basement and food preparation area.
Additionally, the kitchen was described as ‘greasy and dirty’ in a council statement, raw chicken was stored next to salad in the fridge, and food was prepared around sinks with no water supply.
Chicken Cottage has now closed, and a new business is open at the same premises.