Inside restaurant with "most appalling" conditions from mould to flies
These photos show inside a seafood restaurant where inspectors found the "most appalling conditions" – including mould and fly-infested areas.
Mehmet Aydin had been warned on various occasions to make urgent improvements to his seafood restaurant, Seabreeze, in Leicester.
But environmental health officers from the council continued to make grim discoveries during inspections, Leicestershire Live reports.
They found dead fish kept with live seafood, dirty food preparation areas buzzing with flies, broken fridges and freezers, out-of-date food, mould on the sinks and broken shelves and walls.
The inspectors first visited the Granby Street restaurant in April last year.
In four subsequent visits – the last in October – they found no improvements had been made prompting them to prosecute the 50-year-old.
This week, Aydin appeared in court where he was given concurrent six-week jail sentences for each of the eight food hygiene offences he had admitted in a previous court hearing.
The period of imprisonment was suspended for 12 months.
Jane Sarginson, prosecuting on behalf of the council, said dead fish were being stored on live oysters, dirty cloths were used to wrap fresh herbs and there were out-of-date anchovies and cream.
She said inspector Su Clements first visited the premises in April and found Aydin, who had not even registered the restaurant as a food business with the council.
Ms Sarginson said the conditions were filthy and that none of the staff had been given any training in preparing food.
None of them had any any awareness of allergens – foods which might cause serious reactions for diners.
She returned on August 22 when Ms Sarginson said: “There were the most appalling conditions."
She said the restaurant was given a one out of five hygiene rating score and four urgent improvement orders were issued.
None of those had been acted upon when inspectors returned on September 26.
Ms Sarginson added: “Generally the place was filthy. In the area where the customers ate there was a wooden boat.
“On the top there was a cloth of arguable cleanliness, on that there was a layer of ice and on top was fish.
“On that were salmon fillets next to live mussels.
“There was a great risk of contamination.”
She told he court there was an element of dishonesty in the way Aydin had acted.
She said: “He had four good opportunities to put things right and to heed the advice he was given.
“He did not heed that advice and at times he chose to act against it.”
She also revealed an inspector had told Aydin to remove a lobster from a fridge and bin it.
It was removed but she later found it had been put back in the fridge rather than thrown away.
She did say that no members of staff or diners had actually been reported to have fallen ill.
Rebecca Coleman, defending, said Aydin, of Leicester, accepted full responsibility for the offences but that he had put too much trust in the manager who ran the restaurant from day to day.
She said the dishonesty alleged was as a result of misunderstandings.
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The court heard Aydin was now managing the Saray Mangal restaurant in Highfields Street and that, in regards of food hygiene, he had been ‘a slow learner but a learner’.
The Saray Mangal has a four out of five hygiene rating following recent inspections by the council,
The old Seabreeze premises is now a curry house under new management.
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