Westcliff grocery hit with £10,000 after selling contaminated food

A rodent infestation in a box at the grocery store

A rodent infestation in a box at the grocery store

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A grocery store has been rapped to the tune of £10,000 after a number of food-hygene breaches.

Grocers and Halal Butchers Southend Bangla Bazaar, in London Road, Westcliff, was raided by officers from Southend Council earlier this year.

They found food had been sold which had been contaminated by pests, and the shop had a vermin problem.

A rodent infestation was found at the warehouse of the store, with mouse droppings littered around the storage area and they had eat food that officers believe would have been sold in the main shop.

Owner Mohammed Nazrul Hussain Mannan pleaded guilty to charges brought against him and his business, and he was fined £10,000.

However, he is no longer running the store and it has been renamed Bangla Groceries.

The new owners claim they knew nothing of the court case.

A total of £1,460 was awarded to the authority in costs and a £120 victim surcharge was doled out.

Echo:

Evidence of rodents chewing through food

Independent Mike Assenheim, Executive Councillor for Regulatory Control, said: “There is quite rightfully a basic expectation that those selling food to the public meet minimum standards of food hygiene and safety.

"To have such clear pest infestations that had clearly been ongoing for some time, and to not have addressed them is simply unacceptable. I am very pleased that our officers have secured a successful prosecution."

"To not meet these basic standards of hygiene is both dangerous and unacceptable, as is not having any food management systems in place or pest control documentation.

“I do hope that the outcome of this case sends a clear message that Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will take action against those businesses that are prepared to put our residents at risk.”

Echo:

Rodent droppings in a box

 

The business and Mr Mannan were faced with charges earlier this month.

They appeared in Southend Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

 

Echo:

The state of some food found at the premises

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4:14pm Thu 14 Aug 14

runwellian says...

Not surprised at all!
Not surprised at all! runwellian
  • Score: 44

4:26pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

The rodents were loving it!
The rodents were loving it! Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: 24

4:31pm Thu 14 Aug 14

RuleBritania says...

Don't get that in Leigh. Odd.
Don't get that in Leigh. Odd. RuleBritania
  • Score: -10

4:39pm Thu 14 Aug 14

supermadmax says...

Halal or not. That guy should be looking at a prison sentence and life ban from working in food supply.
Halal or not. That guy should be looking at a prison sentence and life ban from working in food supply. supermadmax
  • Score: 68

4:47pm Thu 14 Aug 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

A clearer message would have been to have closed it down immediately.
A clearer message would have been to have closed it down immediately. GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 84

4:53pm Thu 14 Aug 14

DAGASMAN says...

Offended & outraged if it hasnt had a prayer to the magic man in the sky said over it but rats crawling all over it is fine?
Offended & outraged if it hasnt had a prayer to the magic man in the sky said over it but rats crawling all over it is fine? DAGASMAN
  • Score: 56

4:57pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

Truly disgusting. Why was the place not closed down?
Truly disgusting. Why was the place not closed down? Sensible Man
  • Score: 59

5:05pm Thu 14 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Well that explains the miniature "raisins" in the breads...
Well that explains the miniature "raisins" in the breads... sesibollox
  • Score: 31

5:46pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

RuleBritania wrote:
Don't get that in Leigh. Odd.
No room for rodents in Leigh
[quote][p][bold]RuleBritania[/bold] wrote: Don't get that in Leigh. Odd.[/p][/quote]No room for rodents in Leigh Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 16

5:54pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

supermadmax wrote:
Halal or not. That guy should be looking at a prison sentence and life ban from working in food supply.
Happy Above Law And Legislation
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Halal or not. That guy should be looking at a prison sentence and life ban from working in food supply.[/p][/quote]Happy Above Law And Legislation Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 26

6:01pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Bosniavet says...

I hate to say this, for fear of it being misinterpreted, but is it possible that they were keeping to the standards of similar stores in other countries with led stringent rules than the UK?
I hate to say this, for fear of it being misinterpreted, but is it possible that they were keeping to the standards of similar stores in other countries with led stringent rules than the UK? Bosniavet
  • Score: 30

6:12pm Thu 14 Aug 14

mrs m boone says...

Bosniavet wrote:
I hate to say this, for fear of it being misinterpreted, but is it possible that they were keeping to the standards of similar stores in other countries with led stringent rules than the UK?
very true
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: I hate to say this, for fear of it being misinterpreted, but is it possible that they were keeping to the standards of similar stores in other countries with led stringent rules than the UK?[/p][/quote]very true mrs m boone
  • Score: 21

6:38pm Thu 14 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

mrs m boone wrote:
Bosniavet wrote:
I hate to say this, for fear of it being misinterpreted, but is it possible that they were keeping to the standards of similar stores in other countries with led stringent rules than the UK?
very true
very true indeed.... many foreigners are totally bemused by our obsession with hygeine standards, health & safety, although to be fair, sometimes they have a point regarding the latter
[quote][p][bold]mrs m boone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: I hate to say this, for fear of it being misinterpreted, but is it possible that they were keeping to the standards of similar stores in other countries with led stringent rules than the UK?[/p][/quote]very true[/p][/quote]very true indeed.... many foreigners are totally bemused by our obsession with hygeine standards, health & safety, although to be fair, sometimes they have a point regarding the latter pembury53
  • Score: 17

7:03pm Thu 14 Aug 14

billericay boy says...

When the headline said fined thousands I thought loads of thousands not a few days takings
When the headline said fined thousands I thought loads of thousands not a few days takings billericay boy
  • Score: 11

7:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Bosniavet wrote:
I hate to say this, for fear of it being misinterpreted, but is it possible that they were keeping to the standards of similar stores in other countries with led stringent rules than the UK?
Fact, plus they only usually sell to the Asian market, with a few westerners that have been watching the cooking shows, i have been in this place before and it don't feel clean, only purchased packet things so i am safe-ish, although rats and roaches **** all over packet and tinned goods inc drink cans.
Fines are in line with the seriousness of it all, hopefully all stores get regular checks along with eating establishments.
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: I hate to say this, for fear of it being misinterpreted, but is it possible that they were keeping to the standards of similar stores in other countries with led stringent rules than the UK?[/p][/quote]Fact, plus they only usually sell to the Asian market, with a few westerners that have been watching the cooking shows, i have been in this place before and it don't feel clean, only purchased packet things so i am safe-ish, although rats and roaches **** all over packet and tinned goods inc drink cans. Fines are in line with the seriousness of it all, hopefully all stores get regular checks along with eating establishments. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 17

7:41pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's a rat trap
and you've been caught
It's a rat trap and you've been caught Howard Cháse
  • Score: 23

7:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
It's a rat trap
and you've been caught
Not before many became meat eaters...
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: It's a rat trap and you've been caught[/p][/quote]Not before many became meat eaters... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: -5

10:19pm Thu 14 Aug 14

restless 1 says...

I am so glad I stopped shopping in this shop over six months ago, their staff are rude. If you are white they don't even say please or thank you and look down their noses at you. I cannot abide rude store staff. I vowed never to shop in their store again and after reading this I will never shop there again.
I am so glad I stopped shopping in this shop over six months ago, their staff are rude. If you are white they don't even say please or thank you and look down their noses at you. I cannot abide rude store staff. I vowed never to shop in their store again and after reading this I will never shop there again. restless 1
  • Score: 47

10:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

restless 1 wrote:
I am so glad I stopped shopping in this shop over six months ago, their staff are rude. If you are white they don't even say please or thank you and look down their noses at you. I cannot abide rude store staff. I vowed never to shop in their store again and after reading this I will never shop there again.
yes some of those places are miserable many asian stores are the same, should of left it dirty for their regulars to consume the filth,however theres better places Spice Boat is good in Leigh(along with the sister store)
[quote][p][bold]restless 1[/bold] wrote: I am so glad I stopped shopping in this shop over six months ago, their staff are rude. If you are white they don't even say please or thank you and look down their noses at you. I cannot abide rude store staff. I vowed never to shop in their store again and after reading this I will never shop there again.[/p][/quote]yes some of those places are miserable many asian stores are the same, should of left it dirty for their regulars to consume the filth,however theres better places Spice Boat is good in Leigh(along with the sister store) Robin Reliant
  • Score: 26

12:08am Fri 15 Aug 14

MitchLive says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Truly disgusting. Why was the place not closed down?
The third picture looks like a rat has had his c*ck and balls resting on the cardboard... Anyway, totally agree with what you say, but I recall reading some where once that they get around this by passing the trade onto a family member and with just a name change, it carries on trading. Don't get me wrong, places like this should be shut down completely, but loop holes et all, it stays open.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Truly disgusting. Why was the place not closed down?[/p][/quote]The third picture looks like a rat has had his c*ck and balls resting on the cardboard... Anyway, totally agree with what you say, but I recall reading some where once that they get around this by passing the trade onto a family member and with just a name change, it carries on trading. Don't get me wrong, places like this should be shut down completely, but loop holes et all, it stays open. MitchLive
  • Score: 19

6:59am Fri 15 Aug 14

Bangemup says...

Ah, another case of cultural enrichment in the food industry . Our government's are always telling us how we need diversity and we should have people from other countries in our community . The problem with this is that they don't seem to be able to adjust to our laws and hygiene guidance advice . When these disgraceful situations arise then the establishments should be shut down immediately and the owners/managers banned from opening up again until they have taken a through hygiene course .The trouble is one cannot be seen to be persecuting these folk because of what they are .
Ah, another case of cultural enrichment in the food industry . Our government's are always telling us how we need diversity and we should have people from other countries in our community . The problem with this is that they don't seem to be able to adjust to our laws and hygiene guidance advice . When these disgraceful situations arise then the establishments should be shut down immediately and the owners/managers banned from opening up again until they have taken a through hygiene course .The trouble is one cannot be seen to be persecuting these folk because of what they are . Bangemup
  • Score: 23

10:05am Fri 15 Aug 14

scrounger‎ says...

The first photo shows a giant box of Monosodium Glutamate, now you know why you get a headache after eating their food.
The first photo shows a giant box of Monosodium Glutamate, now you know why you get a headache after eating their food. scrounger‎
  • Score: 13

10:23am Fri 15 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

HALAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!
HALAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 13

2:35pm Fri 15 Aug 14

ekcoanarak says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
It's a rat trap
and you've been caught
Was the court case on a Monday?
I bet it went like clockwork
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: It's a rat trap and you've been caught[/p][/quote]Was the court case on a Monday? I bet it went like clockwork ekcoanarak
  • Score: 1

3:55pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

ekcoanarak wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
It's a rat trap
and you've been caught
Was the court case on a Monday?
I bet it went like clockwork
They were looking after number one...
[quote][p][bold]ekcoanarak[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: It's a rat trap and you've been caught[/p][/quote]Was the court case on a Monday? I bet it went like clockwork[/p][/quote]They were looking after number one... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

5:20pm Fri 15 Aug 14

ekcoanarak says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
ekcoanarak wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
It's a rat trap
and you've been caught
Was the court case on a Monday?
I bet it went like clockwork
They were looking after number one...
Not many Diamond Smiles after that fine...........
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ekcoanarak[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: It's a rat trap and you've been caught[/p][/quote]Was the court case on a Monday? I bet it went like clockwork[/p][/quote]They were looking after number one...[/p][/quote]Not many Diamond Smiles after that fine........... ekcoanarak
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Fri 15 Aug 14

beaulocks says...

I was going to have a curry tonight but I think I'll give it a miss.

Take note Indian restaurant owners, places like this do nothing for their reputation. Do not shop there just because it is 5p per kg cheaper.

Dominos for me !!!!!
I was going to have a curry tonight but I think I'll give it a miss. Take note Indian restaurant owners, places like this do nothing for their reputation. Do not shop there just because it is 5p per kg cheaper. Dominos for me !!!!! beaulocks
  • Score: 5

6:37pm Fri 15 Aug 14

arram says...

one of the problems that this country faces with immigration from third world countries is hygiene. This is something that they are not taught but follow others without knowing how to keep food clean. I would think that if all food shops run by immigrants were to be checked we would be in for a shock and this includes restaurants
one of the problems that this country faces with immigration from third world countries is hygiene. This is something that they are not taught but follow others without knowing how to keep food clean. I would think that if all food shops run by immigrants were to be checked we would be in for a shock and this includes restaurants arram
  • Score: 11

7:39pm Fri 15 Aug 14

bazza 1 says...

In some countries in the third world, these vermin and their droppings would actually make up about a third of the total calorie intake of the average citizen.
In some countries in the third world, these vermin and their droppings would actually make up about a third of the total calorie intake of the average citizen. bazza 1
  • Score: 21

10:46pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Letmetryagain says...

I was asked to do a job at a Kebab place in Leigh a couple of years ago.
Whenever the upstairs toilet was flushed, the water went through the ceiling into the food store below.

I declined the work.
I was asked to do a job at a Kebab place in Leigh a couple of years ago. Whenever the upstairs toilet was flushed, the water went through the ceiling into the food store below. I declined the work. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 4

5:33pm Mon 25 Aug 14

burghcastle says...

They us and we hate them, nice atmosphere for a race war
They us and we hate them, nice atmosphere for a race war burghcastle
  • Score: 1

12:07pm Thu 28 Aug 14

lLung Shepherd says...

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When it comes to calling any bed bug exterminator make sure you hire a professional one for this job or else you may not find the right result. Check their history and track record of their services rendered in the past and then choose the right one to get rid of these annoying insects. thanks and read more at: http://www.bedbug911 .com/ lLung Shepherd
  • Score: 0

3:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Bernard Fatsack says...

Probably improved the flavours of this foreign muck. A British shopkeeper would be jailed for trading like this. We are victims in our own country. I saw an Indian looking man defecating in a doorway the other evening, this country has gone to the dogs or is that rats....
Probably improved the flavours of this foreign muck. A British shopkeeper would be jailed for trading like this. We are victims in our own country. I saw an Indian looking man defecating in a doorway the other evening, this country has gone to the dogs or is that rats.... Bernard Fatsack
  • Score: 0

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