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Judge tells takeaway owner 'not to work in food industry again'

A image from inspectors involved in the case

The owner of an Indian takeaway in Torquay has been prosecuted after breaching health and safety regulations.

Altaf Chaku - who owns Altafs in Watcombe - pleaded guilty to not keeping the premises clean and failing food safety procedures.

He was given 12 months community service and 150 hours of unpaid work following an inspection last year - and told not to work in the food industry again.

A Torbay Council spokesperson said: "At Exeter Crown Court, Altaf Chaku pleaded guilty to six breaches of Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations. 

"This included pleading guilty to two charges of failing to keep his premises clean and two offences in relation to food safety procedures.

"Mr Chaku also admitted two more offences whereby he had failed to give Torbay Council officers, enforcing food hygiene regulations, information and access to his food establishment and had, at times, obstructed them. All offences dated back to inspections in March 2018.

"On 31 January, Mr Chaku was given a 12 month community with a work requirement to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. 

"He was also ordered to do 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days with the Probation Service. 

"A Hygiene Prohibition Order was also granted, the first for Torbay Council, which prohibits Mr Chaku from participating in the management of any food business. 

"The judge also stated Mr Chaku should have nothing more to do with the food industry.

"During proceedings, the court heard how Mr Chaku had been operating since 2010 and that he had a poor history in terms of complying with food safety law. 

"When officers gained access to the takeaway to carry out an inspection, they found ongoing issues regarding cleaning, and documentation.

"Following this, a review of Mr Chaku’s case included looking at all the different methods he could undertake to help make improvements. 

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