A Chinese takeaway in Ewell has been fined £1,200 with an additional £400 to be paid towards legal costs as a result of contravening health and safety regulations. Epsom Council brought a court case against the owner, Simon Tsang, after he had previously assured them he would take appropriate steps to ensure the level of hygiene at the premises would improve. An inspection discovered various contraventions of the health and safety rules. These included raw chicken being left to defrost next to a batch of cooked rice, and work surfaces that were used for both raw and cooked foods to be prepared.
The Chinese takeaway with poor hygiene was the Fortune House in Chessington Road. The owner admitted to breaching the health and safety laws on three counts. Staff at the restaurant were not trained in food hygiene, nor were they supervised when preparing food. Furthermore investigators found the takeaway had no management system in place for food hygiene. Cross-contamination was also found to be a problem, as was indicated by the evidence found when inspectors visited the premises. It is hoped the proper steps will now be taken by the owner to rectify the situation.
How serious can flouting these rules be?
It can be very serious indeed. If a takeaway or other food outlet does not follow health and safety rules it can vastly increase the chances of a potential food poisoning outbreak. The good news is that the vast majority of such outlets do stick to all the rules and regulations and ensure they only ever prepare, store and provide proper and safe food and dishes to all their customers. Cases such as these are thankfully very rare indeed, which is why we tend to read about them when they do occur.
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Source: This is Local London
Date Published: February 14, 2015
Author: David Brown