'Dirty' takeaway fined after inspectors find string of food hygiene offences
Written by The Newsroom on June 13, 2019
The owner of a “dirty” Cantonese takeaway has been slapped with a £9,000 after inspectors found a string of hygiene offences – including grease hanging off the walls.
Garden House Express, the company which operates the China Garden restaurant in High Green Court, was hit with the eye-watering fine after two inspections earlier this year.
The court heard that during the visits – which took place on January 17 and March 1 – Inspectors from Cannock Chase Council found cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods, inadequate food management systems, untrained staff and a dirty premises
And on one occasion staff were found not wearing protective clothing, using dirty cloths to clean surfaces and risking food contamination in the way they prepared raw chicken.
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The court heard how much of the restaurant’s business was through an app, Just Eat.
Garden House Express was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £2,220 towards Cannock Chase Council’s costs.
Company director, Mr Zi Yao Gao , was fined a further £500 and ordered to pay £2,219 in costs. Surcharges totalling £220 were also imposed.
The court also heard that hygiene officers had contacted Mr Gao several times regarding the condition of his premises and he had been given many opportunities to tackle the problems but had failed to act on their advice.
Mr Gao admitted only visiting the premises for an hour or two every week.
The court decided he had been neglecting his responsibilities by not checking that staff he employed were keeping the kitchen clean and were following procedures for handling food hygienically.
Councillor Christine Martin, the health and wellbeing said: “Most of our restaurants are well run with good hygiene standards. It is rare for us to bring cases like this but China Garden has had a poor hygiene rating for a while.
“Those who have a history of poor hygiene and refuse to act on the advice of our officers cannot be allowed to trade without consequence. I would urge any food business that might be in difficulty to speak to our officers who will continue to offer free help and advice.”
To find out more about your local restaurant/takeaway and their food hygiene rating visit www.ratings.food.gov.uk.
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