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City Kebab prosecuted and ordered to pay over £2000 for food hygiene offences

24 November 2022

CAMBRIDGE City Council has prosecuted City Kebab – a takeaway on Regent Street, Cambridge – for a series of food hygiene offences. The prosecution was brought to Cambridge Magistrates Court on 18 October 2022, where the business was ordered to pay over £2,200

Mr Silfiker was also charged separately as the person responsible for City Kebab and was ordered to pay a total of £338.

The council’s Environmental Health Officer’s made an unannounced visit to City Kebab on 6 January 2022, after evidence of cockroaches were found in the neighbouring premisses. During the inspection both live and dead cockroaches were found, which resulted in a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice being issued due to the imminent health risk – the business was closed temporarily whilst it was cleaned, repaired and the cockroaches were eradicated.

The business was allowed to reopen on 10 January 2022 when follow up inspections were carried out the Environmental Health Officer’s deemed there to no longer be a risk to public health.

Koca Trading, the parent company of City Kebab and Mr Silfiker pleaded guilty to the two food hygiene offences, which included:

  • Failure to keep a food premises clean and maintained in good repair and condition
  • Failure to have adequate procedures in place to control pests.

Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “It is unacceptable for businesses to pose a risk to public health and the council will continue to take action on those that do not put the health of their customers as a top priority.

“Failure to comply with food hygiene standards can make people incredibly sick and won’t be tolerated.

“The council will continue to work with businesses who does not meet the expected standards and encourage those that have concerns about the food hygiene standards of local eateries to get in touch with our team so that concerns can be investigated.”

Food hygiene ratings can be checked by anyone and will inform you of the awarded rating at the time of inspection. A score is awarded from 0 to 5 (5 being the best).