Food business fined over £7,000 for selling undercooked chicken
A food company in Barking and Dagenham has been ordered to pay more than £7,000 for selling undercooked chicken to a customer.
Council officers investigated after a customer complained that Haji Baba Ltd, which operates within Asda Barking, sold them raw chicken drumsticks on Wednesday 13 September 2017.
At a hearing at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday 8 February 2019, Haji Baba Ltd were found guilty and fined £3,500. They were also ordered to pay costs of £1,804 with a victim surcharge of £120.
Haji Baba Ltd’s manager was also fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £1,804 and a victim surcharge of £30. In addition, Barking and Dagenham Council were awarded costs of £3,608.
“Protecting our residents’ health is a key priority for us and food outlets must ensure they provide food that is fit to eat."
Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, welcomed the outcome. She said: “Protecting our residents’ health is a key priority for us and food outlets must ensure they provide food that is fit to eat.
“This retailer sold unsafe food that could have caused serious food poisoning and other related health issues. We take this very seriously in Barking and Dagenham and we will always take action against any business that sells unsafe food.”
Residents who have concerns about food quality or a food premises in the borough can confidentially tell us here.