Owner of shop Rainbow Food in Morden was fined £5,000 after being prosecuted for poor hygiene and health standards.
Mr Panchalingam pleaded guilty to five offences under the food hygiene regulations at Richmond Magistrates Court on Tuesday 6 August. His early guilty plea was taken into account. On top of the £5,000 fine, he was ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of £1,960 plus a victim surcharge of £100.
A routine hygiene inspection last year found there to be mouse droppings and a lack of soap at the hand wash basins. The follow up visit saw no improvement, so environmental health officers took the necessary court action.
Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “The council always tries to advise shop owners on any health and hygiene improvements they can make. But when this is ignored we will not hesitate to take legal action. We will not tolerate standards less than excellent when it comes to the public’s health.
“Improvements have been made at the shop and we will ensure they are maintained in order to protect the health and welfare of our residents.”
Customers can check out the hygiene rating of their local food businesses by visiting www.food.gov.uk/ratings.