Ellesmere Port takeaway owner fined
21 December 2015
The owner of a Chinese takeaway in Ellesmere Port has been fined a total of £3,978 for food hygiene offences.
Xiao Jing Chen was charged with nine offences, under food safety and hygiene legislation concerning YoYo, 7 The Arcade, Regent Street, Ellesmere Port when she appeared at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday 17 December 2015.
The court heard that during an inspection at the Regent Street premises in January 2015, Cheshire West and Chester Council's officers found that food safety practices and procedures, standards of cleanliness and structural compliance were far below those expected.
Raw and cooked food were stored within close proximity leading to a risk of cross contamination, cooked ribs and cooked rice were left to cool incorrectly at room temperature and chopping boards were in poor condition.
Cardboard was being used on the floor and on shelving, which made cleaning ineffective and the general condition and cleanliness of the food preparation area was very poor. The premises received a Food Rating of '2' - Improvement Necessary.
Subsequent monitoring visits by Environmental Health officers in April and then again in August 2015 revealed that the owner had failed to address many of the issues raised in January and was continuing to breach Food Safety Regulations. The Food Rating was reduced to '0' - requiring urgent improvement following a premises inspection in August 2015.
As a result of the food safety offences committed earlier this year; Mrs Chen, from Regent Street, Ellesmere Port, was fined £2,000. She was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,678, criminal court costs of £180 and a victim surcharge of £120.
Mrs Chen has subsequently followed advice from Environmental Health officers and following a further visit to the premises in December 2015 has now turned her business around to achieve a 'Good' food hygiene rating score.
Councillor Mark Henesy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "In this case, an inspection by our food safety officers found serious breaches of food hygiene regulations. The owner was given a number of opportunities to work with Environmental Health over several months to improve standards quickly but failed to do so resulting in this prosecution taking place.
"However, I'm pleased that following a recent re-rating inspection in December, YoYo has now secured a Food Hygiene Rating of 4 - which is a 'Good'. Staff have worked hard to improve and maintain both the standard of cleaning and food hygiene practices and procedures. Environmental Health will continue to work with the business to ensure the improved standards are maintained."