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Birmingham City Council noticed cockroaches breaking through the walls of the takeaway and overflowing grease dripping onto the floor.

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By: Chandrashekar Bhat

A business has been fined £3,000 over a host of hygiene issues at a Dixy Chicken restaurant in Edgbaston.

Acocks Green-based company 349 DDR, which admitted nine hygiene breaches, is also being ordered to pay a further £2,423 in costs after faults discovered in July last year.

Birmingham City Council noticed cockroaches breaking through the walls of the takeaway and overflowing grease dripping onto the floor. He also found the dirty surfaces, cardboard-covered pickles and burnt holes in a toilet seat.

A local magistrate’s court imposed the fine on the company during its September 22 session.

The first two offenses were related to “cockroach activities” and inadequate pest control at the restaurant on Dudley Road, the Birmingham Mail reported.

There were ceiling tiles missing in the pantry, which could allow pests to enter. Cockroaches were found emerging from a hole in the wall of the restaurant’s food preparation area.

The third charge related to the unsanitary conditions of the shelves, floor, walk-in freezer, walls, baseboards, pipes, burger cooler and microwave. There were burnt holes in the toilet seat and the faucet was overflowing with grease.

Food not covered in coolers and pickles covered in cartons on a charcoal grill were at risk of contamination, according to other charges.

The remaining infractions were related to poor surfaces, dirty equipment, conditions around a sink, litter of cardboard in the aisle, and lack of a hazard analysis.

However, the situation improved at the food point of sale after the defects were discovered.

The Food Hygiene Agency said the restaurant was inspected on February 9 this year and rated 5 “very good”, the highest on the scale, according to the Birmingham Mail report.

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