Gross! Mouse poo and rotting food found in filthy takeaway


Council slaps owner with massive fine and ban

  • Mama’s Kitchen hit with £21,000 fine for major public health failures
  • Excrement found all over shop, even on tomatoes and in food prep areas
  • Not the first time inspectors found filthy conditions
  • Owner pleads guilty to 7 counts of food hygiene offences
  • Ban means she will never run a food business again

The owner of a fast food shop in Harrow has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of pounds after food hygiene inspectors found rotting cucumbers and tomatoes covered in mouse droppings on its premises.

The shop was so filthy and infested with vermin that even their food safety guide was found covered in dirt on the floor.

Cllr Graham Henson, cabinet member for environment, crime and community safety said:

“This is the stuff of kitchen nightmares – someone could have ended up in hospital. It’s our job to protect customers and we’ve done that today.

“This huge fine is totally deserved. Despite all our efforts to help Mrs Ashokumar, she failed to bring her business up to scratch. I want to be completely clear – when we find businesses in a disgusting state, we will make them pay.”

A surprise inspection at Mama’s Kitchen, Northolt, found the kitchen, storeroom and serving area where meals were made covered in rodent droppings and rotting food on the shelves. Mice were able to come and go through gaps between doors, unsealed drains and damaged ceiling panels. Overflowing bins and rotting food found on the floor were also contributing to the infestation.

Owner Mrs Kalpana Ashokumar, from Harrow, accepted full responsibility and pleaded guilty to all 7 counts of food hygiene breaches at Willesden Magistrates Court on April 25 and in total was asked to pay £24,905.

The court also heard the council had attempted to help and give training after hygiene issues were first discovered in 2012. In her defence, Ashokumar said improvements had been made. She said that, over the past four years, she had been spending a lot of time with her children and was not aware of these issues. The court ruled that, as the business owner, the responsibility and failures of the shop stopped with her.

The council successfully argued that Ashokumar should be banned from running a food business again. Mama’s kitchen will be monitored regularly - unless there is a management change and significant improvements are seen will face action to close. Mrs Ashokumar has been asked to step down as business owner of Mama’s Kitchen which currently operates with poor standards and with a Food Hygiene Rating of 1.

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guide on floor


tomato contaminated