An example of the conditions found by the Council's Environmental Health Officers.
The boss of a fast food takeaway has been fined £600 at Ayr Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to two charges of failing to maintain his premises in a clean and hygienic condition.
Mohammed Afzal, owner of the Curry King at 48 Main Road, Ayr, had been summoned to appear in court personally by the Sheriff to answer the charges brought by South Ayrshire Council Environmental Health Officers, after an inspection of the premises (August 2014) found the standard of hygiene was very poor.
Council food safety officers found several examples of cross contamination between raw and ready-to-eat food, a lack of routine cleaning and out-of-date and potentially unsafe foods on the premises.
The officers also found that food handlers, including Mr and Mrs Afzal, did not have adequate food hygiene knowledge and conditions were deemed so bad, a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was served, closing the premises with immediate effect.
Councillor John McDowall, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and the Environment said: It's disappointing we've had to take court action, as we'd already advised the owners of the standards expected of them.
"But when our officers saw the premises, we had to take action.
"The verdict is welcome as it says loud and clear, we won't let people get away with sloppy, or dangerous practices when it comes to food handling.
"South Ayrshire has a hard-earned reputation for high quality food, drink and entertainment and we'll take action in every case where food hygiene standards are not being met."
South Ayrshire consumers can see how well food businesses in their area have fared in their last food hygiene inspection by visiting the Food Hygiene Information Scheme webpage at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/environmentalhealth/foodsafety/fhis.aspx.