Rat Infestation Found In Ravensthorpe Takeaway

Raja's Pizza Bar, Huddersfield Rd, Dewsbury. Courtesy of Google Maps.

The Huddersfield Road business has been fined £7,000.

A Ravensthorpe business has been fined over £7,000 after being found guilty of serious food hygiene offences.

Soha Enterprise Ltd failed to send representatives to attend court on three occasions, and were found guilty in their absence of seven offences on 11 July.

Raja’s at 676 Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury was found to have committed food hygiene offences following a routine inspection on 25 April 2018.

Environmental Health Officers visiting the premises found evidence of a rat infestation in the food storage and preparation areas. A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was issued and the premises was immediately closed.

Cllr Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Culture and Environment said: “The fact that this company sent no representatives to attend court showed a blatant disregard for the law.

“They failed to keep the premises clean and maintained in a good repair and condition and failed to ensure that adequate procedures were in place to control pests, putting public health at risk.

“This behaviour is unacceptable and we will not tolerate this.”

Soha Enterprise Ltd was also found guilty of failing to notify the council of who the food business operator for the establishment was. The company was fined £7000 fine, £754.91 investigation costs, £400 legal costs and £100 surcharge.

Following appropriate pest control treatment to eradicate the infestation and a full disinfection, the premises were permitted to re-open on 30 April 2018.

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