A horrified customer was stunned to find a live cockroach crawling over a takeway pizza as they were eating it.
They spotted the insect on the outer surface of the pizza they ordered from Kimo’s Takeaway in Liverpool after eating two slices in December 2016.
Following a complaint, inspectors visited the takeaway in December 2016 and July 2017 and found the place teeming with creepy-crawlies, both alive and dead.
Now managing director Abdul Makin has been hit with a huge fine of £4,959,02 after he pleaded guilty to eight food hygiene breaches at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court.
Inspectors found the takeaway on Lodge Lane was not being cleaned or maintained, with gaps in the building structure which meant insects could enter.
There were dirty and greasy jars of dry food and pickles on a shelf in this area. They also saw a cockroach crawling between the wall tiles close to the dried food products.
Dead cockroaches were littered between the wall and floor junction, on a glue board and on the surface of a stainless steel working table in the preparation area.
As the finds posed a serious risk of contaminating foods, preparation surfaces and equipment the owners agreed to voluntarily close.
At the second inspection July inspectors found scores more cockroaches and reported the premises were ‘extremely poor and significantly below the standards of a food business serving high risk foods to members of the public.’
Makin must pay a fine of £2120 plus costs of £2,839.02.
Following the case, a Liverpool City Council spokesman said: ‘This is a shocking example of a severe breach of food safety standards which could have resulted in customers being very ill.
‘We can’t tolerate food businesses operating in this manner and the seriousness of this charge is reflected in the fine levelled at the owner.
‘Our environmental health team are working every day to ensure that residents and visitors can be assured of the highest possible standards when they visit any food outlet.’
Kimo’s Takeaway is based on Lodge Lane – and is not to be confused with Kimo’s Restaurant in Mount Pleasant, which is owned by a different company.