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News added on 14.08.2018


Food safety

Owner of 0 star restaurant banned from being a director

A restaurant owner falsely advertised his business as having a 5-star hygiene rating. What were the consequences for him, and for his business?

Mr Ahmed (A) ran an Indian restaurant in Derby. In February 2015, it was given a food hygiene rating of 1, which was subsequently downgraded to 0 because no action was taken to address the deficiencies identified by the inspection.

However, the same year, A placed three ads in a local magazine, claiming that his restaurant held a 5-star rating. The local trading standards team took A’s company to court for engaging in unfair commercial practices.

The company was fined £3,171, and A received a personal fine of £1,271. However, the restaurant was not making any profit so it ceased trading in September 2016. This prompted the Insolvency Service to investigate A’s conduct as a director, which was found to be unfit.

Disqualification proceedings were taken against A, and he was banned from acting as a director or being involved in company management for five years. A was also ordered to pay costs of over £4,200.

Receiving a food hygiene rating of 0 should have prompted this business owner to sort out the problems in his restaurant that were putting his customers and business reputation at risk. Instead, he made false claims, resulting in fines, the closure of his company and a ban from holding office.

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