A popular Birmingham restaurant pleaded guilty to nine offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (31 March 2016).
Casamou Limited, which operates Edmunds Fine Dining, both of which are based at 6 Brindleyplace, Birmingham, was fined £5,300 and ordered to pay £1,830 in costs.
Environmental health officers who visited the restaurant on 20 January 2015 found mouse droppings throughout the premises plus dirty conditions in the bar area and kitchen, which posed an imminent risk of injury to health. In addition milk and cream were found that were five days past their use-by dates.
A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was issued and the food business was formally closed on the same day. Items of food found to be out-of-date were disposed of immediately.
Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “People should be able to have confidence in the safety of the food served and cleanliness of any food business in Birmingham – regardless of whether it’s a takeaway or a posh restaurant.
“Edmunds is a place diners often go to for a special occasion, so they would not expect the safety of its food or cleanliness of its kitchen to be questioned – but this case shows even the most reputable or popular restaurants can have sub-standard practices.
“We want the city’s food businesses to thrive and as such our officers work closely with premises to ensure they achieve the necessary standards required to operate safely.”
Edmunds Fine Dining worked with environmental health officers to improve standards, and the restaurant was allowed to reopen on 21 January 2015.
The food business was last inspected on 31 March 2015, when it received a Food Standards Agency rating of 5, which means very good.