THE owner of an Indian restaurant in South Yorkshire has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 after breaking food safety laws.
Imran Rasab, proprietor of Sanam Balti on Domine Lane, Rotherham, admitted nine food safety offences including using damaged and dirty kitchen equipment and selling fake Smirnoff vodka.
Rasab did not have an adequate record to show where he bought his alcoholic spirits, and ignored a hygiene improvement notice issued by Rotherham Council.
Officers from the council's Food Health and Safety Team found the restaurant failed to have suitable cleaning materials, such as soap, and was structurally poor.
Rasab claimed the issues arose because he was trying to hand over the premises to someone else.
Rotherham Magistrates fined Rasab 2,700 with 2,300 costs, and a 15 victim surcharge. Eleven other offences were also taken into consideration.
A council spokeswoman said Rasab's customers were "under possible threat" and added: "We always try to work with businesses to sort out problems, but we will take formal action and take them to court where necessary."
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