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After a string of convictions, the total fine amounts to just shy of £3,000.

A man from Greater Manchester, who ran two food businesses in Macclesfield, has been prosecuted and fines for a series of food hygiene offences.

An inspection, carried out by Cheshire East Council’s environmental health team, found sinks were not being used and premises not kept clean at  Chicken@Gio’s and Gio’s Pizza – operated by 37 year old Abdul Sami Nazari from Sale.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, the Cabinet member responsible for regulatory services at Cheshire East Council, said, “Pursuing the conviction of Mr Nazari will send out an important message to anyone who thinks it is acceptable to take short cuts, when it comes to food hygiene.

“Residents and visitors to our borough should never be exposed to unnecessary health risks and I strongly urge all our food operators to take this opportunity to review their procedures and policies.

“I know that this example of poor food hygiene standards is a very rare incident in our borough but rest assured we will never allow unhygienic practices to go unpunished.”

The total charges handed to him following his conviction, are made up of £1,340 in fines, £1,526 in costs and £67 in victim surcharge payments.

Image: Gio’s in Macclesfield.

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