190 kinds of rotting food found at pub
Posted: March 25th, 2009 - 8:52am by Doug Powell
Environmental health officials found 190 items of "mouldy, slimy, putrescent or expired foodstuffs" and immediately closed the Rose and Crown pub in Thaxted, Essex, U.K. after a surprise inspection on Dec. 9, 2008.
Work surfaces and utensils were smothered in thick grease, floors littered with rotting detritus and fridges covered in mould and dozens of dirty food containers (right, photo from The Telegraph).
The kitchen did not even have any running hot running water meaning staff could not wash up or clean their hands properly.
Inspectors found the owner was still preparing food in the rancid conditions.
The owner of the pub, Nicholas Marchetto, pleaded guilty to 23 food and hygiene offences at Harlow Magistrates' Court.
He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay another £1,000 towards the council's costs.