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Umar’s butcher’s was ‘riddled with mouse droppings’

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Kashif Umar's shop

Kashif Umar, 39, director of Al Mustafa Halal Butchers in High Road, Leyton, has been permanently barred from running any form of food business after his shop was found to be suffering a serious mice infestation on multiple occasions.

Umar attempted to explain the situation by stating that inspectors had caught him in the middle of attempting to clear his company of unwanted rodent patrons when they returned for a second visit. According to Waltham Forest Council, its investigators discovered inadequate levels of cleanliness and maintenance, as well as mouse droppings within sacks of rice.

Umar was fined more than £10,000 after pleading guilty to two counts of disregarding food hygiene standards at Thames Magistrates’ Court. He was also barred from running any other food company for the rest of his life.

Droppings in Kashif Umar shop
Mouse droppings found near rice in Kashif Umar’s shop

Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, Waltham Forest’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “The council takes the safety and health of its residents seriously and will act under its legal duties where public health is being put at risk.

Unfortunately, in this case the food business operator was not proactive in addressing earlier food hygiene contraventions and allowed conditions at the premises to remain below legal compliance putting the health of consumers at risk.

I am pleased the court recognised the significant risks posed and took the decision not only to issue financial sanctions, but also to prohibit Mr Umar from operating a food business in the future.”

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