Pizza shop’s grubby kit gets it in trouble

A Swansea pizza restaurant is counting the cost of failing to clean and maintain its kitchen equipment after landing a £2,000 fine.

Local health inspectors who visited The Flying Pizza uncovered a long list of equipment misdemeanours, including a rusted chest freezer contaminated with food debris, a dirty pizza conveyor oven covered in grease and filthy main kitchen floors.

They also found a dough roller used to prepare pizza bases encrusted with food debris.

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The restaurant’s owner, Abbas Salami, pleaded guilty to nine food hygiene offences at Swansea Magistrates Court. He was fined £250 for each offence totalling £2,250. He was also ordered to pay £2,000 towards costs.

The restaurant was closed in the wake of the inspection because of a lack of hot running water on the premises, but was allowed to reopen once hot water was reinstated.

Martin Saville, head of public protection at Swansea Council, said: “Our Food & Safety Officers work tirelessly to promote the importance of food hygiene to local businesses and to ensure they comply with food hygiene legislation. If businesses choose to ignore our advice and do not take appropriate steps to protect the safety of their customers, we will not hesitate to take formal action through the courts, as we have done in this particular case.”

All food-related businesses in Swansea are inspected regularly by Swansea Council, with food hygiene ratings published online.

In Swansea, more than 1,200 food businesses, including restaurants, takeaways and cafes, are included on the site.

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