Poor food hygiene standards cost Chinese takeaway owner £4,500

The Dynasty Chinese takeaway in Leicestershire had a nasty surprise when Environmental Health inspectors from North West Leicestershire District Council paid them a follow-up visit and found a filthy, greasy kitchen and a lack of food hygiene standards.

Owner Hua Long Weng, 33, first received a visit from the Environmental Health Agency in 2012, and was warned about cleanliness and the potential for cross-contamination of food after inspectors found cooked rice left out at room temperature and raw meat covered with tea towels. Little had improved by the time inspectors returned in April 2013, and they found mould on open cans of food and cooked duck stored in water rather than the fridge. Weng claimed that because nobody had complained of food poisoning, he didn’t bother to make any of the suggested changes. He admitted to eight offences breaching food hygiene regulations and failure to make improvements and was fined £4,500.

Councillor Alison Smith commented, “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 businesses and make sure they are compliant with legislation.”

Have you been poisoned by takeaway food?

For those who have come down with food poisoning after a tasty Chinese takeaway or pizza delivery, the next few days are usually pretty miserable. Food poisoning symptoms usually emerge within one to three days and include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps. In severe cases, medical treatment may be required, and if symptoms continue for more than two to three days, you should always see a doctor. Drinking plenty of fluids, resting and avoiding food (or eating bland food, such as dry toast) can help to flush toxins from the body. If you have been affected by food poisoning after eating takeaway, you could claim compensation.

How to claim compensation for food poisoning

Those considering claiming compensation should contact a personal injury lawyer, such as Accident Advice Helpline. You can take the 30-second test on our website, which will tell you how much you could be eligible to claim and then give us a call. We’re open 24/7 and it’s free to call our helpline on 0800 689 0500, where one of our specialist team will be able to offer you confidential, no-obligation advice. Whether you have been struck down with food poisoning and suffered time off work and loss of earnings or have become seriously ill and required treatment in hospital, we can help, so call us today.

Source: Leicester Mercury

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