Restaurant boss banned for misleading the public about hygiene rating

Rushan Ahmed was the director of two companies, Four Brothers (Derby) Limited and an Indian restaurant called Moza Derby. In 2015 the restaurant was inspected by the City Council Food Safety inspectors and was given a 1 star food hygiene rating. Ignoring the results, this rating was changed to 0 stars after no action was taken.

Later on in the year, despite being given a 0 stars food hygiene rating, Rushan Ahmed advertised the restaurant in a local magazine highlighting a 5 star rating. After the council saw this fake advertisement, the trading standards team took Four Brothers (Derby) Limited to court in April 2016. Rushan Ahmed pleaded guilty to the charge that the company engaged in unfair commercial practices.

Rushan Ahmed received a personal fine of £1,271 and the company was fined £3,171. The restaurant wasn’t making any profit so Ahmed decided to cease trading in September 2016.

After the company closed down, the Insolvency Service investigated into the conduct of Rushan Ahmed and a disqualification order was made at Birmingham County Court against him. The judge ordered that Rushan Ahmed cannot, without the permission of the court, be involved with the promotion, formation or management of a company for 5 years.

Cllr Matthew Holmes said:

‘The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme serves 2 important purposes. The first is to help consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels and other places you eat, as well as supermarkets and other food shops. The second is to encourage businesses to work hard to improve hygiene standards and promote greater food safety.’

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