Sunderland takeaway boss fined over hygiene at South Shields outlet

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A TAKEAWAY manager from Sunderland has been fined more than £2,500 for being in breach of food hygiene regulations.

Reza Mashadi-Aghajan, who runs Yankees, in Ocean Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to six offences which came about from two environmental health inspections.

Officers from South Tyneside Council found inadequate handwashing facilities in the food preparation and cooking area, with neither soap nor hand towels available.

Unfinished plastering work to the walls and ceiling in the food preparation area could have led to food contamination. A damaged, poorly-sealed floor also created dirt traps that could not effectively be cleaned.

Environmental health officers also found a dirty and scored cutting board, which was greasy to the touch and had not been cleaned properly, which they said could lead to food contamination.

Magistrates fined Mr Mashadi-Aghajan, 36, of Beechwood Street, Sunderland, £2,550 and ordered him to pay costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £42. The council’s lead member for health and wellbeing, councillor Fay Cunningham, said: “Successful prosecutions like this send a clear message to any businesses who fail to make hygiene their number one priority.

“As an authority, we take the health and safety of our residents and visitors very seriously, and will continue to take action against people who breach food safety legislation.”

Hygeine standards are rated with a sticker on the window of restaurants or takeaways.