UK: Takeaway boss fined £7,000 for filthy premises
Posted: December 14th, 2009 - 7:27am
Source: This Is South Wales
A takeaway boss was fined £7,000 after inspectors found his premises in a "filthy" and unhygienic state.
Hon Yip Hoh pleaded guilty to 14 counts of failing to meet regulations at Swansea Oriental, in Brynmor Road.
Swansea magistrates heard the Chinese takeaway was visited in March by two environmental health officers.
Kelly Byrne, prosecuting, said some of the takeaway's hygiene practices were carried out at such a poor level that outbreaks of killer infections such as E.coli and salmonella could have occurred.
She said no health or sickness complaints were made by customers.
The inspection happened on March 27 and the officers found the premises filthy with dirt and food debris on the floor.
"Dirty and greasy cardboard and newspaper was used to line trays and to line shelves and also in the operating gas oven," said Miss Byrne.
"There was cooked chicken placed on top of raw chicken left to defrost at room temperature.
"The staff were asked to demonstrate how surfaces were cleaned. They were not using cleaning materials with antibacterial properties."
The court heard other shortcomings included there being no hot water and inadequate drainage facilities.
Miss Byrne said cross contamination could be caused between the raw and cooked chicken and that the officers considered the takeaway to be a health risk.
They immediately closed the premises down and magistrates endorsed that action by issuing a formal emergency prohibition order.
On April 3 the takeaway was revisited by the officers, who felt the immediate health risk had been removed and the order was lifted.
Defence barrister, Georgina Buckley, said Hoh was remorseful and had since spent £20,000 renovating the takeaway.
She said he had certificates for staff training that pre-dated the inspection.