Cockroach infestation discovered in Poplar market


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The owner of a mini market was fined after Tower Hamlets Council in Poplar found a serious cockroach infestation.

Ibrahim Ali, owner of TSA Exotic Trade Centre Limited, at 231 East India Dock Road, was fined more than £2,500. He also pleaded guilty to five food hygiene offences on Friday 8th October at the Thames Magistrate Court.

The council’s Environmental Heath Officers discovered the infestation during a routine visit on the 13th of August 2009. A large number of cockroaches and cockroach eggs were found near the food counter.  The infestation was particularly significant in the butchery area; around a display fridge containing uncovered raw meat.

A Council spokesman said: “ Regular visits are planned in the future to the food property to ensure that the area remains clean and safe”.

If you have any concerns about food premises in the Borough the Environmental Health Commercial Team are available by calling 0207 364 5008 or can e-mailed at

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