Northampton-based franchise director to face court over food hygiene offences

Nottingham Magistrates' Court
Nottingham Magistrates' Court

A Northampton-based company director is facing sentencing by a Crown Court judge over food hygiene and health and safety offences.

Nadim Choudary, of Ocean Success Limited, is due to appear before Nottingham Crown Court tomorrow.

Choudary will be sentenced for ten offences under the Food Safety & Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and one offence under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Choudary, from Northampton, who has a chain of Pizza Hut franchises around the country, appeared unrepresented at the first hearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on February 26. He entered a guilty plea to 11 out of 13 offences. Broxtowe Borough Council, as prosecuting authority offered no evidence in relation to the two remaining offences.

Magistrates considered the facts of the case and the financial worth of Choudary and determined that in the circumstances, their powers were insufficient to deal with the level of sentence. The case was therefore referred to the Crown Court for sentence.

Broxtowe Borough Council is also seeking an ancillary order to include a Hygiene Prohibition Order to prevent Choudary from participating in the management of any food business.

Choudary is currently on bail until sentencing on March 30.