Indian restaurant ordered to pay £16,000 over food hygiene offences after mouldy curry found in fridge

Gandhi Indian Cuisine, in Commercial Road, Totton.

Gandhi Indian Cuisine, in Commercial Road, Totton.

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A RESTAURANT has been told to pay fines and costs totalling more than £16,000 after investigators found food that was unfit for human consumption.

Environmental health chiefs visited Gandhi Indian Cuisine in Commercial Road, Totton, and discovered a mouldy cooked curry in the fridge.

New Forest District Council says the restaurant showed a “blatant disregard” for the law by failing to comply with basic hygiene standards.

A council spokesman said: “The inspection of the premises revealed that the equipment and structure of the kitchen, dry goods room and toilet were unacceptably dirty.

“Dirt was found on the walls and floors as well as taps, electrical switches, cooker knobs and door handles, which could have led to cross contamination of foods.

“Food debris was found on refrigerator shelving and hand-washing soap had not been provided in the kitchen.

“Officers revisited the premises on two further occasions and noted some cleaning had been done, however the standards of cleaning still did not meet the legal minimum standard.”

A representative of Gandhi Indian Cuisine (Totton) pleaded guilty to eight food hygiene offences at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

The restaurant was fined a total of £13,500 with £2,922 costs – a total financial penalty of £16,422.

The restaurant was prosecuted following a routine food hygiene inspection carried out last June.

The council spokesman added: “Prosecution in this case was considered appropriate because the business had a blatant disregard for the law and was not maintaining the minimum legal standards.

“Despite officers requesting works to satisfy food law requirements, they found continuing unacceptable conditions.”

Cllr Edward Heron is the district council’s Cabinet member for the environment.

He said: “It’s the council’s policy to adopt an educative and persuasive role in relation to enforcing food safety law.

“Formal action was necessary in this case due to the serious nature of the offences.’’

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11:16am Thu 16 Jan 14

Ellwood says...

Cllr Edward Heron is the district council’s Cabinet member for the environment.
He said: “It’s the council’s policy to adopt an educative and persuasive role in relation to enforcing food safety law.

.............. I assume then, that as an additional measure toward 'educating' these food retailers, as to their legal and ethical responsibilities, they will be required to attend further training (at their own expense of course) at Catering College ?

No...thought not.
Cllr Edward Heron is the district council’s Cabinet member for the environment. He said: “It’s the council’s policy to adopt an educative and persuasive role in relation to enforcing food safety law. .............. I assume then, that as an additional measure toward 'educating' these food retailers, as to their legal and ethical responsibilities, they will be required to attend further training (at their own expense of course) at Catering College ? No...thought not. Ellwood
  • Score: 18

11:24am Thu 16 Jan 14

espanuel says...

I use to go to that restaurant many years ago and was brilliant, now I think business will go down the pan except the PUN.
I use to go to that restaurant many years ago and was brilliant, now I think business will go down the pan except the PUN. espanuel
  • Score: 2

11:47am Thu 16 Jan 14

Ellwood says...

espanuel wrote:
I use to go to that restaurant many years ago and was brilliant, now I think business will go down the pan except the PUN.
.............. guess you won't be cumin back then.......... coat >>>>>>>>>>>>> gawn.
[quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: I use to go to that restaurant many years ago and was brilliant, now I think business will go down the pan except the PUN.[/p][/quote].............. guess you won't be cumin back then.......... coat >>>>>>>>>>>>> gawn. Ellwood
  • Score: 11

11:58am Thu 16 Jan 14

Huey says...

I only eat out in restaurants where there is an open plan kitchen.
Chefs should be proud of their kitchen's cleanliness and order.
I only eat out in restaurants where there is an open plan kitchen. Chefs should be proud of their kitchen's cleanliness and order. Huey
  • Score: 16

12:53pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Saints1976 says...

My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact.

The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.
My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long. Saints1976
  • Score: -22

1:02pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Huey says...

Saints1976 wrote:
My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.
Guess you never looked out back or saw the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food.
[quote][p][bold]Saints1976[/bold] wrote: My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.[/p][/quote]Guess you never looked out back or saw the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food. Huey
  • Score: 22

1:29pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Saints1976 says...

Huey wrote:
Saints1976 wrote:
My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.
Guess you never looked out back or saw the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food.
There are 1000's of restaurants that are not open plan. We are not fortune enough to have one where we live so it is not an option for us.

If you were that particular, you shouldn't be touching door handles, money etc. without washing your hands before you eat. You eat pre-packed sandwiches etc?! I'm just saying that because it's not open plan, doesn't mean it's dirty. The restaurant/owners are clearly at fault here but please don't comment when you have probably never used the restaurant yourself. I'm just saying that yes, there are obviously things wrong, but we were never ever given reason to be concerned.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saints1976[/bold] wrote: My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.[/p][/quote]Guess you never looked out back or saw the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food.[/p][/quote]There are 1000's of restaurants that are not open plan. We are not fortune enough to have one where we live so it is not an option for us. If you were that particular, you shouldn't be touching door handles, money etc. without washing your hands before you eat. You eat pre-packed sandwiches etc?! I'm just saying that because it's not open plan, doesn't mean it's dirty. The restaurant/owners are clearly at fault here but please don't comment when you have probably never used the restaurant yourself. I'm just saying that yes, there are obviously things wrong, but we were never ever given reason to be concerned. Saints1976
  • Score: -9

1:48pm Thu 16 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

Huey wrote:
I only eat out in restaurants where there is an open plan kitchen.
Chefs should be proud of their kitchen's cleanliness and order.
McDonalds? You can see right into their kitchen.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: I only eat out in restaurants where there is an open plan kitchen. Chefs should be proud of their kitchen's cleanliness and order.[/p][/quote]McDonalds? You can see right into their kitchen. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 6

3:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Saints1976 says...

gilbertratchet wrote:
Huey wrote:
I only eat out in restaurants where there is an open plan kitchen.
Chefs should be proud of their kitchen's cleanliness and order.
McDonalds? You can see right into their kitchen.
But you still can't see the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food.
[quote][p][bold]gilbertratchet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: I only eat out in restaurants where there is an open plan kitchen. Chefs should be proud of their kitchen's cleanliness and order.[/p][/quote]McDonalds? You can see right into their kitchen.[/p][/quote]But you still can't see the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food. Saints1976
  • Score: 3

4:17pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Huey says...

Saints1976 wrote:
Huey wrote:
Saints1976 wrote: My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.
Guess you never looked out back or saw the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food.
There are 1000's of restaurants that are not open plan. We are not fortune enough to have one where we live so it is not an option for us. If you were that particular, you shouldn't be touching door handles, money etc. without washing your hands before you eat. You eat pre-packed sandwiches etc?! I'm just saying that because it's not open plan, doesn't mean it's dirty. The restaurant/owners are clearly at fault here but please don't comment when you have probably never used the restaurant yourself. I'm just saying that yes, there are obviously things wrong, but we were never ever given reason to be concerned.
Yes, I always wash my hands before I use them to eat, and also after I have been to the loo. That is just common sense and cleanliness.
I don't eat prepacked sandwiches after seeing a documentary on how they are produced, and they are always a letdown anyway.
No matter how good the food or the service, if the restaurant has shown “blatant disregard” for the law by failing to comply with basic hygiene standards, then I am glad I have never eaten there.
But hey you go for it! They may well need your repeat custom after this story.
[quote][p][bold]Saints1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saints1976[/bold] wrote: My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.[/p][/quote]Guess you never looked out back or saw the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food.[/p][/quote]There are 1000's of restaurants that are not open plan. We are not fortune enough to have one where we live so it is not an option for us. If you were that particular, you shouldn't be touching door handles, money etc. without washing your hands before you eat. You eat pre-packed sandwiches etc?! I'm just saying that because it's not open plan, doesn't mean it's dirty. The restaurant/owners are clearly at fault here but please don't comment when you have probably never used the restaurant yourself. I'm just saying that yes, there are obviously things wrong, but we were never ever given reason to be concerned.[/p][/quote]Yes, I always wash my hands before I use them to eat, and also after I have been to the loo. That is just common sense and cleanliness. I don't eat prepacked sandwiches after seeing a documentary on how they are produced, and they are always a letdown anyway. No matter how good the food or the service, if the restaurant has shown “blatant disregard” for the law by failing to comply with basic hygiene standards, then I am glad I have never eaten there. But hey you go for it! They may well need your repeat custom after this story. Huey
  • Score: 6

5:10pm Thu 16 Jan 14

S!monOn says...

Huey wrote:
Saints1976 wrote:
Huey wrote:
Saints1976 wrote: My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.
Guess you never looked out back or saw the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food.
There are 1000's of restaurants that are not open plan. We are not fortune enough to have one where we live so it is not an option for us. If you were that particular, you shouldn't be touching door handles, money etc. without washing your hands before you eat. You eat pre-packed sandwiches etc?! I'm just saying that because it's not open plan, doesn't mean it's dirty. The restaurant/owners are clearly at fault here but please don't comment when you have probably never used the restaurant yourself. I'm just saying that yes, there are obviously things wrong, but we were never ever given reason to be concerned.
Yes, I always wash my hands before I use them to eat, and also after I have been to the loo. That is just common sense and cleanliness.
I don't eat prepacked sandwiches after seeing a documentary on how they are produced, and they are always a letdown anyway.
No matter how good the food or the service, if the restaurant has shown “blatant disregard” for the law by failing to comply with basic hygiene standards, then I am glad I have never eaten there.
But hey you go for it! They may well need your repeat custom after this story.
It's funny nobody says anything about those chef's on tv who use a teaspoon to taste things, wipe it down with a dirty cloth, pop it into their pocket ready to be used on the next dish...... as if the dirty cloth would wipe clean of their bacteria and germs?
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saints1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saints1976[/bold] wrote: My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.[/p][/quote]Guess you never looked out back or saw the staff using the toilet and not washing their hands before preparing your food.[/p][/quote]There are 1000's of restaurants that are not open plan. We are not fortune enough to have one where we live so it is not an option for us. If you were that particular, you shouldn't be touching door handles, money etc. without washing your hands before you eat. You eat pre-packed sandwiches etc?! I'm just saying that because it's not open plan, doesn't mean it's dirty. The restaurant/owners are clearly at fault here but please don't comment when you have probably never used the restaurant yourself. I'm just saying that yes, there are obviously things wrong, but we were never ever given reason to be concerned.[/p][/quote]Yes, I always wash my hands before I use them to eat, and also after I have been to the loo. That is just common sense and cleanliness. I don't eat prepacked sandwiches after seeing a documentary on how they are produced, and they are always a letdown anyway. No matter how good the food or the service, if the restaurant has shown “blatant disregard” for the law by failing to comply with basic hygiene standards, then I am glad I have never eaten there. But hey you go for it! They may well need your repeat custom after this story.[/p][/quote]It's funny nobody says anything about those chef's on tv who use a teaspoon to taste things, wipe it down with a dirty cloth, pop it into their pocket ready to be used on the next dish...... as if the dirty cloth would wipe clean of their bacteria and germs? S!monOn
  • Score: -2

5:39pm Thu 16 Jan 14

solomum says...

I have only eaten in this restaurant once, (last year) and thought it was very tired looking, but did not get any suspicions of uncleanliness. I do think the whole establishment needs a makeover though, so perhaps this is the time to do it.
I have only eaten in this restaurant once, (last year) and thought it was very tired looking, but did not get any suspicions of uncleanliness. I do think the whole establishment needs a makeover though, so perhaps this is the time to do it. solomum
  • Score: 0

5:43pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Positively4thStreet says...

A lot of this should be taken with a pinch of salt.
A lot of this should be taken with a pinch of salt. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 2

5:43pm Thu 16 Jan 14

endzone says...

2 for 1 next week then!
2 for 1 next week then! endzone
  • Score: -3

12:01am Fri 17 Jan 14

WECOMING4U says...

Once knew a bloke you worked for food hygiene people, he told me you would not eat in one curry house or Chinese in Hampshire if you saw what he did?
Saying that I am sure most kitchens can be found to be at fault!
Once knew a bloke you worked for food hygiene people, he told me you would not eat in one curry house or Chinese in Hampshire if you saw what he did? Saying that I am sure most kitchens can be found to be at fault! WECOMING4U
  • Score: 2

9:18am Fri 17 Jan 14

From the sidelines says...

Saints1976 wrote:
My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact.

The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.
I'm sure your anecdote is worth so much more than the report and prosecution by trained food hygiene inspectors.
[quote][p][bold]Saints1976[/bold] wrote: My family has been eating in Ghandi's for over 2 years now and we have never seen or tasted anything remotely suspicious regarding their food that has given us cause for concern, the exact opposite in fact. The food always tastes and looks fresh, otherwise we wouldn't have been regular customers for that long.[/p][/quote]I'm sure your anecdote is worth so much more than the report and prosecution by trained food hygiene inspectors. From the sidelines
  • Score: 0

9:40am Fri 17 Jan 14

S!monOn says...

WECOMING4U wrote:
Once knew a bloke you worked for food hygiene people, he told me you would not eat in one curry house or Chinese in Hampshire if you saw what he did?
Saying that I am sure most kitchens can be found to be at fault!
Only applies to Hampshire does it?
[quote][p][bold]WECOMING4U[/bold] wrote: Once knew a bloke you worked for food hygiene people, he told me you would not eat in one curry house or Chinese in Hampshire if you saw what he did? Saying that I am sure most kitchens can be found to be at fault![/p][/quote]Only applies to Hampshire does it? S!monOn
  • Score: -5

7:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

andrzej1952 says...

(Quote)
“Prosecution in this case was considered appropriate because the business had a blatant disregard for the law and was not maintaining the minimum legal standards.

Will be giving this establishment a wide berth.

Cleanliness is not "Rocket science"
(Quote) “Prosecution in this case was considered appropriate because the business had a blatant disregard for the law and was not maintaining the minimum legal standards. Will be giving this establishment a wide berth. Cleanliness is not "Rocket science" andrzej1952
  • Score: -1

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