THE owner of a Chinese takeaway has been slapped with £6,888 fine following serious breaches of food hygiene regulations.
North West Leicestershire District Council brought the prosecution against Hua Long Weng, owner of Dynasty Chinese Take Away, in Blackfordby Lane, Moira, after he failed to make hygiene improvements, despite ongoing support and advice from the Environmental Health team.
When inspectors first visited Dynasty in December 2012, they discovered a lack of cleanliness and potential cross contamination of foods, which could be a risk to public health.
The numerous legislation breaches and significant causes for concern included:
• Cooked rice left out at room temperature where it could be easily contaminated with other food
• A tea towel cloth left on top of a raw meat chopping board, increasing the risk of cross contamination
• Poor cleaning processes, with cardboard being used to soak up grease
• Dirty wiping cloths used to clean down and mop up spillages, creating a contamination risk
• A badly damaged refrigerator door seal, which meant it held bacteria and couldn’t be cleaned properly
• No hot water supply to the hand wash basin, so harmful bacteria couldn’t be washed from hands, creating a cross contamination risk
• Inadequate flooring and no hand washing facilities in the toilet
• Work surfaces that were dirty and / or damaged, increasing the risk of contamination
Although Mr Weng was given a list of the breaches and continual advice on how to improve hygiene standards, inspections between February and August 2013 revealed that very few improvements had been made to reduce the risk to public health.
Councillor Alison Smith, deputy leader and portfolio holder for community services at the council, said: “It is disappointing that, despite a lot of support and advice on how to improve the hygiene at Dynasty, Mr Weng has not made steps to reduce the public health risk.
“We make it very clear that we are prepared to prosecute in order to keep the public safe when buying food in the district. However, this is our last option. We work incredibly hard with food business owners to improve hygiene in their premises, and make sure they are compliant with legislation.
“We’ve had great success in this – targeting those that are least compliant and working with business owners to improve standards.
“In this case, a routine inspection by our Environmental Health team found serious breaches of food hygiene regulations. The owner was given many chances to make positive changes but failed to do this and has paid the price.”
A NEW enhanced scheme to target the very worse of hygiene offenders closed nine premises down.
North West Leicestershire District Council has a set programme of inspections and support methods to raise the standards of food businesses.
In addition to this programme of support, an enhanced scheme in 2013 targeted the 30 businesses with the worst hygiene standards in the district.
Although nine premises closed, the remaining 21 were brought into compliance with food safety legislation after targeted support and guidance, and regular visits from Environmental Health officers.