Latchford takeaway owners fined for hygiene breaches

Mohammed Chouchane, left, and Adnan Jemneh, who own Petra Pizza on Knutsford Road, outside Warrington Magistrates Court

Mohammed Chouchane leaving Warrington Magistrates Court last week

First published in News

THE owners of a ‘dirty’ Latchford takeaway have been fined after admitting numerous breaches of hygiene regulations.

Adnan Jemneh, aged 46, and Mohammed Chouchane, aged 42, own Petra Pizza on Knutsford Road.

Warrington Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday how hygiene rules were ignored.

Ready to eat food was kept next to raw burgers, and knives used to prepare food, and boxes used to store food, were dirty.

The fridge and freezer were also dirty, and in poor condition, while a dirty wire scourer was also found.

There was no food management system in place, required by law, panels were missing from the ceiling, and the room used to prepare food was dirty.

The failings were uncovered during an inspection by environmental health officers on July 29, last year, following complaints from customers.

Malcolm Hope, prosecuting, said the food hygiene record in Petra Pizza had not been amended for two years.

“A temperature monitor was in pieces,” he said.

“It is needed to ensure food is cooked properly, and stored properly at the right temperature.

“The premises were inspected two weeks later and some improvements had been made, but it shouldn’t take the intervention of environmental health.

“A manager said inspectors had come on a bad day, but problems had built up over time.”

The court heard Chouchane, from Wigan, told inspectors ‘staff could have been lazy due to fasting over Ramadan’.

The defendants had been cautioned in 2011 for problems at the same takeaway.

When asked to explain the breaches by magistrates, Jemneh, of Marbury Street, Latchford, claimed to have been ‘unaware of the situation’.

He said: “I was away when this happened. When I came back, I started work with the health inspector.”

Chouchane said: “We have been in regular contact with the health inspector. We have improved, changed the ceiling, new fridges. We have done everything.”

Both defendants, dressed smartly in court, pleaded guilty to eight counts of failing to comply with a specified community provision.

They were both fined and told to pay costs totalling £1,265 each.

The money will be paid back at £50 a month.

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1:41pm Thu 14 Aug 14

richiepooh says...

“A manager said inspectors had come on a bad day, but problems had built up over time.”

would that be the day people bought food?

if I ran over your kid due to drinking more than I would on a normal day and got caught would it being "a bad day" cut the mustard?

IDIOTS!
“A manager said inspectors had come on a bad day, but problems had built up over time.” would that be the day people bought food? if I ran over your kid due to drinking more than I would on a normal day and got caught would it being "a bad day" cut the mustard? IDIOTS! richiepooh
  • Score: 21

9:09pm Thu 14 Aug 14

dodobird says...

This place should be closed down! The manager is clearly trying to pass the buck by blaming Ramadan etc. The bottom line is, they want the profits but they do not want to spend money upgrading their business! People who handle food need a Food Safe certificate here in Canada, without it they cannot be employed in the food service. No doubt you have the same thing in the UK? These two men are nothing but low life owners.
This place should be closed down! The manager is clearly trying to pass the buck by blaming Ramadan etc. The bottom line is, they want the profits but they do not want to spend money upgrading their business! People who handle food need a Food Safe certificate here in Canada, without it they cannot be employed in the food service. No doubt you have the same thing in the UK? These two men are nothing but low life owners. dodobird
  • Score: 9

10:18pm Thu 14 Aug 14

choperado says...

They can only afford £12.50 a week? They should have to pay it all within a month and also sell the business or close up within 6 months. There are people on the dole that pay almost as much as them a week in fines, takes the urine!
They can only afford £12.50 a week? They should have to pay it all within a month and also sell the business or close up within 6 months. There are people on the dole that pay almost as much as them a week in fines, takes the urine! choperado
  • Score: 11

12:07am Fri 15 Aug 14

Freeborn John says...

This business will be relaunched under squeaky clean new management shortly.
The old managers brother...
This business will be relaunched under squeaky clean new management shortly. The old managers brother... Freeborn John
  • Score: 11

12:18am Fri 15 Aug 14

Lesdelooze says...

So has Ramadan been going constantly all year . It's filthy they smoke in the shop they look like a good bath would kill them any other time
So has Ramadan been going constantly all year . It's filthy they smoke in the shop they look like a good bath would kill them any other time Lesdelooze
  • Score: 12

4:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

TheCommentatorWrites says...

I've just looked on streetview to find this place and managed to see the back of it via Powell Street. There is a old mattress stuck on the lower roof next to the flue! Now that was 2009. They've changed much!!
Shut them down. Neither should be allowed to run a food establishment again, the dirty gits!
I've just looked on streetview to find this place and managed to see the back of it via Powell Street. There is a old mattress stuck on the lower roof next to the flue! Now that was 2009. They've changed much!! Shut them down. Neither should be allowed to run a food establishment again, the dirty gits! TheCommentatorWrites
  • Score: 12

12:22pm Sat 16 Aug 14

gordon holt says...

if customers are now daft enough to use this food outlet then be it on thir own head, they have had a warning
if customers are now daft enough to use this food outlet then be it on thir own head, they have had a warning gordon holt
  • Score: 10

9:30pm Sat 16 Aug 14

speako says...

New offer at Petra's BUY 1 & GET TH SH**'S FREE!!!
New offer at Petra's BUY 1 & GET TH SH**'S FREE!!! speako
  • Score: 9

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