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Restaurant had cheese 3YEARS past use-by date.

A RESTAURANT owner was found to be selling revolting food months past its use-by date.

Maseoud Anafcheh, who runs the Cwrt on Bala High Street, pleaded guilty to 18 charges - the most shocking involving sheep's cheese 1,156 days beyond its use-by date.

Also on the list of shame was natural yogurt 133 days past its use-by date, Greek yogurt 61 days over, ricotta cheese (105 and 98 days), Bavarian smoked cheese (36 days), puff pastry (97 days), mascarpone (40 days), brie (80 days), Cornish clotted cream (78 days), double cream (23 days), smoked salmon (40 days), and brisket pastrami (54 days).

He also pleaded guilty to having food which was unfit for human consumption involving a mouldy steak sauce.

All the offences were discovered by public health staff when they inspected the Cwrt on March 26 last year.

Anafcheh, 56, also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with hygiene improvement notices issued on April 13 2014, and two charges relating to September 17 when ice cream mix and yogurt were available for sale having been opened more than three days previously, contrary to food health regulations.

Gavin Jones, prosecuting for Gwynedd council, handed the magistrates a large folder which contained details and photos of the results of the inspections.

Mr Jones said officers carried out further inspections in November 2015, adding: "I'm pleased to say the premises now complies with food hygiene standards, although it did take some time for the defendant to get his procedures in place."

Ryan Rothwell, defending, said his client had been in Bala for 30 years, this was his first conviction and he was ashamed to appear in court.

The barrister reminded the court that there had not been any complaints about the food, no-one had reported being ill and local councillor Elwyn Edwards praised the quality of the food served. Mr Rothwell emphasised that as soon as the foodstuffs were delivered they were frozen and then put into the fridges when about to be used, adding that his staff should have put labels on the food.

"My client is in financial difficulty and having sold his house is living above the restaurant. A lot of the food stuffs, 11 in all, that were in the fridges were for his own consumption," he said.

He also remarked that although the charges related to some sell-by dates being over 133 days old, it was only on one item that there was mould. "This shows the food was defrosting after being frozen," added Mr Rothwell. Anafcheh was fined PS2,650 with PS450 prosecution costs. He offered to pay the total within 12 months but the magistrates ordered payment at the rate of PS20 per week minimum.

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