Muhammed Abdul Moueed Khan, the former owner of the fast food outlet ‘Peri Peri Chicken, One Call Blakenall, has been received a suspended six-month prison sentence today for serious food hygiene breaches that led to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning at his business in July of 2017. As a consequence of the food hygiene failings eight people suffered acute food poisoning – one patient’s symptoms were so severe that he suffered renal failure, needed critical care and had a two-week stay in hospital.
Khan who appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court earlier today (29 November) was also given a 6-month tagging order effective from 8 am – 8 pm and ordered to pay costs of £772.20 to the victims for expenses they incurred as a consequence of the poisoning. It is the second court conviction for the former business owner and comes less than a year after he served six months in prison for food hygiene offences at another of his food outlets ‘Pizza Cottage’, Caldmore. Khan had already pleaded guilty to the offences which included;
• Preparing and serving food for human consumption in and from a filthy kitchen area.
• Having no food management systems in place.
• Failing to provide staff with hand drying facilities at the wash hand basin.
• Failure to provide any evidence that staff had been trained.
• Failure to provide appropriate work clothes to his staff.
The court had heard damning evidence from Walsall Council Environmental Health Officers who had visited the ’One Call’ premises in July of 2017. Swabs were taken from the shop’s donner kebab cutter, chopping board and an electric knife used for cutting poultry. Samples from a dirty shop sponge were also submitted for laboratory analysis. Results proved that harmful salmonella bacteria taken from the shop was present in all of the swabs and that the strain of bacteria matched patient and hospital samples.
Cllr Garry Perry, Portfolio Lead for Leisure, Culture and Communities at Walsall Council said: “Today’s judgement reinforces in no uncertain terms how important the safe preparation and cooking of food is. These breaches had serious consequences to his customers and Muhammed Abdul Moueed Khan demonstrated a flagrant disregard for even the minimum standards of safety.
“Environmental Health regulations are in place to protect the public. We always work with businesses to help them understand their responsibilities, but we will pursue them through the courts if they fail to take these important responsibilities seriously. Mr Khan knew exactly what was required of him as a food business operator.”
- In accordance with Regulation 17 (1) of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013, Muhammed Abdul Moueed Khan had pleaded guilty to the breaches at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on 13 September 2018.
• He was given a six month suspended sentence today (29 November) at Wolverhampton Crown Court and ordered to pay costs.
• The case dates back to July 2017 where various reports of food poisoning were traced back to Khan’s former business Peri Peri Chicken Blakenall One Call, 170 Blakenall Lane, Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands, WS3 1H.
• Walsall Council’s Environmental Health department Walsall Council was notified by Public Health England (PHE) of a patient that was being treated at Walsall Manor Hospital for suspected food poisoning.
• Enquiries suggested that the patient’s wife and also a neighbouring family had all been ill after consuming food from Blakenall One Call.
• The complaints were investigated by Environmental Health Officers 17 July 2017 and serious health and hygiene breaches were discovered.
• During the inspection, it became clear that Food Safety Management Systems were not being maintained. There were no written records confirming that opening and closing checks had been undertaken since October 2016. This is a legal requirement
• Laboratory testing of foodstuffs proved negative for the presence of pathogenic organisms; however plate cultures from environmental swabs identified Salmonella Enteritis on a kitchen sponge, on a food preparation sink and on the Donner Kebab Cutter.
• Khan had previously been banned as a food operator after he received a six-month prison sentence in March 2018.