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Restaurant fined £50,000 for serving food on unhygienic wooden boards


A restaurant has been fined £50,000 in addition to other costs for serving food on unhygienic wooden boards and putting the health of their customers at risk.

Ibrahim’s Grill and Steak House restaurant is based on Warwick Road in Birmingham.

In October 2016, the restaurant received a visit from Birmingham City Council’s Environment department to assess the hygiene levels of the establishment.

This came after a party of 14 were allegedly left with food poisoning after dining at the restaurant.

At the time, Birmingham City Council found that the cleanliness of the restaurant was not up to par.

They recorded that employees chose to wear disposable gloves instead of washing their hands, failed to clean the premises efficiently and served food on wooden plates that could not be properly cleaned.

After serving the restaurant improvement notices, Birmingham City Council returned two months later only to find that the same unhygienic wooden plates were still being used to serve food.

Last week, the Birmingham Magistrates’ Court fined Ibrahim’s Grill and Steak House £50,000 for their failure to comply with the improvement notices, with an additional £670 in costs and £120 as a victim surcharge.

Mark Croxford, head of environmental health at Birmingham City Council, has spoken about the responsibility that culinary businesses must bear to look after the health of their customers.

“It is completely unacceptable for businesses to put the health of people eating at their restaurants at risk,” he said in a statement tweeted by the Birmingham City Council.

“The owners were given sound advice which they chose to ignore.

“I am pleased magistrates supported our efforts with a large fine and hope advice we give on improving businesses to protect health will not be ignored in future.”

According to the Food Standards Agency, there isn’t strong evidence to suggest that wooden chopping boards are less hygienic than plastic ones, as long as they’re cleaned properly after use.

The Independent has reached out to Birmingham City Council and Ibrahim’s Grill and Steak House restaurant for comment.