Illegal food manufacturer must pay £35k

By Alice Foster contact

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Leeds Crown Court made the confiscation order this week
Leeds Crown Court made the confiscation order this week

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A repeat offender has been ordered to pay £35,000 for running an illegal food manufacturing unit and shop without the necessary approval.

Mohammed Imran Khan, of Cleveland Road, Bradford, must pay the confiscation order after pleading guilty to failing to register the sites and food hygiene offences.

Leeds Crown Court made the order on December 22 after judging that he made more than £66,000 from his crimes but only had available assets of £35,000.

Supplied sweet and food stores

The illegal food manufacturing business operated out of Unit 3 at Moor End Works in Balme Road, Cleckheaton, and supplied sweet and food stores in West Yorkshire.

An inspection in December 2013 found a large quantity of unlabelled meat while other food was incorrectly stored and prepared in unsanitary conditions.

Some equipment was also unfit for purpose and the Border Agency arrested two suspected illegal immigrants who were preparing food at the premise.

Director of La’Jawaab

Khan, who was a director of Dewsbury-based company La’Jawaab Ltd at the time, also pleaded guilty to failing to register a shop in Manchester Road, Huddersfield.

On Tuesday Leeds Crown Court handed him a six-month jail term, suspended for two years.

Environmental health officers from Kirklees Council and financial investigators from West Yorkshire Trading Standards had carried out the investigation.

Councillor Steve Hall, cabinet member for place at Kirklees Council, welcomed the ruling against Khan, who was described as a repeat offender by trading standards.

Hall said: “Food traders must be registered and subject to safety inspections. We will continue to prosecute in cases where we feel the health of local people is being put at risk by bad practice.”

Khan has previous convictions from 2012 for food hygiene offences at stores in Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury, and Oak Lane, Bradford. 

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