Walsall man, Muhammed Abdul Moueed Khan and former owner of the fast food outlet ‘Blakenall One Call Peri Peri’, has been back in court for a second time in less than six months charged with food hygiene breaches. This time his failure to comply with basic hygiene practices resulted in a serious outbreak of salmonella. Mr Khan’ pleaded guilty on 13 September at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court to six separate offences which led to the food poisoning of eight people and resulted in critical hospital care for one of them. The Judge has ruled that Khan attends a Crown court on 11 October for a committal hearing.
In court the Judge read out a series of offences to which Khan pleaded guilty. These included;
• The selling of food unfit for human consumption that included pizzas and donner meat contaminated with salmonella bacteria.
• Failing to have proper safety measures and food management systems in place to prevent the contamination of high risk food
• Failing to meet correct temperature control requirements for the cooking and storage of donner meat.
• Failure to clean and disinfect a donner kebab cutter and kitchen utensils appropriately, leading to contamination.
The court also heard evidence from Walsall Council Environmental Health Officers who visited the ’One Call’ premises in July of 2017 after a number of complaints of alleged food poisoning by members of the public were received. As well as formal food samples, swabs were taken from the shop’s donner kebab cutter, chopping board and an electric knife used for cutting poultry. Samples from a dirty shop sponge were also submitted for laboratory analysis. Results proved that harmful salmonella bacteria taken from the shop and equipment were present in all of the swabs and that the strain of bacteria matched patient and hospital samples.
Mr Khan had been prosecuted by Walsall Council earlier this year (March 22) and at that time committed at Crown court for a catalogue of serious health and hygiene offences. These took place at his former business ‘Pizza Cottage’ Caldmore Road, Walsall. He was given a six prison month sentence and banned from working as a food operator.
The recent hearing comes on the back of Khan's earlier food safety and hygiene breaches and their associated human consequences.
Cllr Garry Perry, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Walsall Council said: “We are pleased the court has supported this prosecution which has now been referred to a Crown court for committal. These breaches had serious consequences and demonstrated a flagrant disregard for the even the most minimum standards of safety. Environmental Health regulations are in place to protect the public. We always work with businesses to help them understand their responsibilities, but we will also pursue them through the courts if they fail to take these important responsibilities seriously.Mr Khan knew exactly what was required of him as a food business operator.
“Residents are reminded that they should always check the Food Hygiene Ratings of the businesses where they buy food to ensure as far as possible the business is being well run.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
• In accordance with Regulation 17 (1) of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, Muhammed Abdul Moueed Khan pleaded guilty on 13 September at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court 2018 to six separate breaches.
• A number of reports of food poisoning were made to Walsall Council’s Environmental Health department concerning Blakenall One Call Peri Peri Chicken, 170 Blakenall Lane, Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands, WS3 1HU.
• Around this time Walsall Council was notified by Public Health England (PHE) of a patient that was being treated at Walsall Manor Hospital for suspected food poisoning.
• Enquiries suggested that the patient’s wife and also a neighbouring family had all been ill after consuming food from Blakenall One Call.
• On 17 July 2017 a visit was undertaken by Environmental Health officers to investigate the complaints and serious health and hygiene breaches were discovered.
• During the inspection it was noted Food Safety Management Systems were not being maintained. There were no written records confirming that opening and closing checks had been undertaken since October 2016. This is a legal requirement.
• Laboratory testing of foodstuffs proved negative for the presence of pathogenic organisms; however plate cultures from environmental swabs identified Salmonella Enteritis on a kitchen sponge, on a food preparation sink and on the Donner Kebab Cutter.