Chelmsford City Council

Takeaway owner fined over £2,000 for selling undercooked chicken

The owner of a former Chelmsford takeaway has been fined £2,249.57 after a successful prosecution by Chelmsford City Council.

Mr Raja Balal Hussain (35), owner of Perfect Fried Chicken (PFC) in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, pleaded guilty in Chelmsford Magistrates Court to three charges of selling undercooked chicken on three different occasions. He also pleaded guilty to four charges of failing to implement and maintain permanent procedures to deal with hazards and critical control points.

While the business had been regularly inspected, it had a history of breaking food safety legislation. Several complaints had been lodged alleging food poisoning and the sale of undercooked or dried-up food, and Council officers had acted on their concerns by carrying out advice visits and telephone calls.

In 2016, food improvement notices were served on Mr Hussain, but to little effect: the following year saw further complaints about undercooked chicken being sold at PFC and the Council brought a prosecution.

PFC closed at the end of 2017. On 19 July 2018, Chelmsford Magistrates Court fined Mr Hussain, of Forest Gate, London, £666 for the offences. He was also charged costs of £1,517.57 and a victim surcharge of £66.

Councillor Susan Sullivan, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said, "Undercooked chicken poses a high risk of campylobacter food poisoning, which can damage the intestine and make the victims susceptible to other intestinal conditions. In some cases it can contribute to death. It is of absolute importance that proper procedures, including staff training, are in place to ensure chicken is thoroughly cooked.

"I hope this case sends a message to all food businesses that the Council will always take the necessary action to ensure public safety - even when a business closes or changes its name."

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Monday 23 July 2018

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