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Leyton butcher banned from food business for poor hygiene

Al Mustafa Halal Butchers has been shut down twice in the last few years

The butcher in High Road, Leyton (credit: Waltham Forest Council)

A Leyton butcher was banned from running any food business and ordered to pay more than £10,000 after violating food hygiene laws twice.

Al Mustafa Halal Butchers in the High Road was shut down in December 2021, just days after its director Kashif Umar had appeared in court over previous hygiene offences.

Waltham Forest Council officers found an “ongoing mouse infestation” and “poor levels of cleanliness and repair” at the business, which was trading as Trades Inn Ltd. In court, Kashif explained that he had been caught in the act of trying to solve the problem when the officers came to inspect.

For both the first and second offences, the company was fined £2,500, while Kashif was personally fined £900. The company was also ordered to pay £3,183 in court costs.

Khevyn Limbajee, the council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “The council takes the safety and health of its residents seriously and will act under its legal duties where public health is being put at risk.

“Unfortunately, in this case the food business operator was not proactive in addressing earlier food hygiene contraventions and allowed conditions at the premises to remain below legal compliance putting the health of consumers at risk.

“I am pleased the Court recognised the significant risks posed and took the decision not only to issue financial sanctions, but also to prohibit Mr Umar from operating a food business in the future.”