Food Business Proprietor with Dead Rat in Kitchen Prosecuted
Total fine of £4,840 issued
On 4 April 2017 Mr Harjinder Kang of Barton Road, Kettering appeared before Northampton Magistrates Court regarding five food hygiene offences at Harry’s Fish and Chips, Brambleside, Kettering. The offences were found by Environmental Health Officers from Kettering Borough Council in July 2015. Mr Kang had failed to attend a court hearing for these matters in August 2016 and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. He was arrested by Northamptonshire Police in March 2017.
5. On 27th July 2015 he had failed to permit good food hygiene practices, namely pest control in that rat droppings and a dead rat were found in the premises.
The Magistrates considered that by far the most serious offence was charge number 5 as it related to a lack of control of pests, namely a rat infestation at the premises.
The bench fined Mr Kang £250 each for offences 1 to 4 on the summons, and £3,840 for offence number 5; this was to reflect the seriousness of that offence. The total fine was therefore £4,840.
Mr Kang was also ordered to pay costs of £2,730 and a victim surcharge of £170. He was therefore ordered to pay £7,740 in total to the Court. Mr Kang agreed to pay this at the rate of £250 per month.
Mr Kang no longer operates the premises in Brambleside, Kettering.