DIRTY walls, soiled fridges and sticky surfaces were just some of the things which greeted environmental health officers when they inspected a Chinese take away in Burton.
Inspectors left with a less than cheery disposition after their investigation at the Happy Lin, in Dallow Street, when they found a catalogue of issues, including the fact that the eatery was not registered with East Staffordshire Borough Council.
The take away managed to earn two stars in the authority’s Rate My Place scheme when it was inspected on September 10. According to the East Staffordshire Borough Council website, the site previously gained a five-star rating in the scheme, when it was inspected in 2010.
Following the publication of the inspection report this week, manager Dawei Chan told the Mail: “Of course we’re not happy with the rating, but maybe I don’t do too much cleaning.”
When inspectors visited, they found dirt between the wall and floor junctions in the kitchen and store room, dirty wash basins in a state of disrepair, and issues with the seals around tables. The inside of all three chest freezers were dirty and frosted up.
In one part of the kitchen, a ‘very dirty piece of cardboard’ was found placed on a shelf underneath one of the chopping block.
In addition, there was no hygienic hand drying facilities, and food was being stored in unsuitable containers which could not easily be cleaned.
Food safety inspection records were also not available.
Staff were told the must address these issues immediately and the two-star rating was issued. The rating implies that improvements are necessary.
Manager Mr Chan insisted the problems had been addressed in the time since the inspection.
He said: “I try to keep a clean kitchen, but I think I could always do better.
“Last time the man came we tried again, and he said it was better and we should keep it up.
“We need to keep it clean.”