THE former owner of a Dudley takeaway has been fined after a customer found rat faeces in their food order.

In January 2023, Dudley Council’s environmental health team received a complaint from a member of the public alleging they had found rat faeces in their food order from Bobby’s Burgers, located at 20 New Street, in Dudley.

Environmental health officers investigated the complaint and found evidence of rat activity and ordered the business to close on January 26, 2023.

The business was instructed to stay closed until the issue was resolved and there was no risk to health.

Laboratory analysis confirmed the objects found in the customer’s food order were rat droppings.

Storay Safi, who was the food business operator at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty to one food safety offence at Dudley Magistrates’ Court on March 20 and attended Wolverhampton Crown Court on April 29 for sentencing.

After credit for her early guilty plea Ms Safi was sentenced by way of a fine of £470. Compensation of £100 was awarded to the customer. A contribution to costs was ordered to the sum of £250 and a collection order was made. Ms Safi is required to pay at a rate of £100 per month with first payment in 14 days.

Dr Mayada Abuaffan, director of public health at Dudley Council, said: "Although Ms Safi is no longer the proprietor of the business, she failed to maintain good hygiene and put a customer’s health at risk while it was under her control, and it was right that this case was brought to court. We are pleased with the successful outcome.

"Food safety and hygiene standards exist to protect public health and our environmental health officers will continue to investigate complaints and carry inspections to ensure those standards are upheld."