for the month of November, 2013

Takeaway prosecuted despite EHO advice

16th of November 2013

A Chinese takeaway has been fined £3,000 after pleading guilty to nine breaches of food hygiene regulations following a prosecution by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

Principal legal officer for the council Lesley Wilson told Teeside Magistrates Court that EHOs inspecting the Wai and Wai Chinese takeaway in Walnut Grove, Redcar, became concerned about hygiene standards following a routine visit.

The court heard how the takeaway owner Wai Ying Tsang was initially warned about the potential hygiene risk and given advice on how to improve standards. On two subsequent visits EHOs found further food safety breaches and dirty and damaged equipment that posed a hygiene risk. 

Miss Tang voluntarily closed the business and did not reopen until EHOs were satisfied that the premises no longer posed a health risk. Representing herself the 27-year-old takeaway owner told the court she had no wish to harm her customers and apologised for the condition of her business.

Ms Tang pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to keep the premises clean, two offences of failure to effectively clean and disinfect equipment, three offences of failing to ensure food was protected is protected at all stages of production and one offence of failing to implement HACCP. She also pleaded to one offence of failing to ensure that food handlers were trained.

She was fined £350 for each offence and ordered to pay £350 towards the council’s costs and a £35 victim surcharge.

Steven Goldswain the council cabinet manager for community safety said: ‘Environmental health officers carry out routine visits to more than 1,100 food businesses in the borough. We will always seek to support businesses but appropriate enforcement must be taken to protect consumer safety if poor hygiene and serious food safety risks are found.’