Dagenham fast food shop ordered to pay £12,000 in fines and costs after mice infestation

A fast food shop in Dagenham and its owners have been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and costs to the council following a “severe” mice infestation that forced it to close for almost a week.

In 2022, Barking and Dagenham Council’s food safety team received a complaint about Immz’s Pizza and Kebab from a member of the public who had concerns about mice and cockroaches.

The takeaway, located on Porters Avenue, was immediately forced to close after an environmental health officer found a “high level” mice infestation throughout the premises which was so serious it was deemed a significant health risk to customers and staff.

The officer also found the premises had not taken reasonable measures to implement a food safety management system to control the contamination of food within the premises, and there was no hand washing facilities in the kitchen.

A chest freezer lid was found to be in disrepair and was dirty from congealed food debris, while the food handler had not been adequately trained or supervised in food safety awareness.

Following the inspection, Immz’s Pizza and Kebab closed down for five days and the owners were later summoned to court.

On March 12, the company was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £749 in costs to the council.

The owners, Shir Rahman Ghanizada and Lutfur Rahman Ghanizada, were fined £384 and £653 respectively and paid £749 each in costs to the council.

Shir Rahman Ghanizada was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £154 and Lutfur Rahman Ghanizada was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £261.

Immz’s Pizza and Kebab and its owners have together been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and costs to the council.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) contacted the premises for a comment but they had not responded at time of publication.

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Ruby Gregory

Local Democracy Reporter