A Birmingham café owner, who pleaded guilty to two offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, was ordered to pay more than £700 at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (May 14).
Ibrahim Abdi Mirreh, who runs Info Shop Sports and Social Café, at 141B Stratford Road, Sparkhill, was ordered to pay £220 fines – £110 for each offence – and £500 towards court costs.
Birmingham City Council prosecuted the business after environmental health officers found evidence of cockroach activity during a routine inspection on 8 April 2014 and closed the café as there was an imminent risk to public health.
Officers who revisited the cafe on 14 April 2014, at Mirreh’s request, found the premises to be clear of cockroaches and the business was allowed to reopen.
Mark Croxford, Head of Environmental Health for Birmingham City Council, said: “Officers who visited Info Shop Sports and Social Café found live cockroaches crawling around the kitchen and in a display stand containing biscuits, as well as several dead cockroaches.
“When officers revisited the cafe on 14 April 2014, they found the premises was clean and no further evidence of cockroach activity, as a result the business was allowed to reopen to the public.
“Following these visits, the business now has an on-going proactive contracts with a pest controller firm and a cleaning company is now contracted to do weekly deep cleans.”
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