At Highgate magistrates court on 19 April, Amin Punjani, trading as Fairline Supermarket, 13/15 Grand Parade, N4 was found guilty of six offences under the Food Safety Act 1990/ Food Safety (general Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995.
The court heard environmental health officers visited the premises in October 2003 and found a number of serious health issues in relation to poor hygiene and conditions including:
-Evidence of a severe mice and cockroach infestation
-Failure to prevent the access of pests into the premises
-Lack of food hygiene training
-Contaminated food, fruit and vegetables with mice urine and droppings, including displaying for sale chewed cakes and biscuits
The shop was forced to close for a month to eradicate the infestation assisted by numerous visits by EHO's offering advice and assistance.
Mr Punjani, registered with the council since May 2000, pleaded guilty to the six offences.
Ray Dodds, executive member for environment: said:
'This should come as a warning to other shopkeepers that the council and the courts take food safety extremely seriously. We are here to offer advice and assistance to local businesses and traders but will take enforcement action wherever premises fail to abide by the highest standards in food safety. The protection of public health is paramount.'