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Dead cockroaches found in disgusting Failsworth takeaway

A takeaway owner has pleaded guilty to food hygiene offences after dead cockroaches were discovered in his Failsworth eatery.

On 2 December 2020, Oldham Council's Environmental Health staff visited Master Chef, on Oldham Road, to carry out a routine food hygiene inspection.

The officers found German cockroaches throughout the shop, including on sticky boards and the serving counter. 

The flooring and equipment were also dirty and there was nothing for staff to dry their hands with at the hand basin.

The business was immediately closed.

Takeaway owner Abdul Ahad, 53, of Wicklow Grove, Oldham, and the business were jointly charged with two offences under Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. 

On 19 May 2022, guilty pleas were entered for all charges at Tameside Magistrates' Court.

Ahad and the business were ordered to hand over a total of £1,934.

Emma Barton, Executive Director for Place and Economic Growth, said: “The details of this prosecution will understandably horrify people. No business should operate in dirty and unhealthy conditions. If our officers find a business that does then we will take action.”

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