The owner of Ilkeston takeaway China Palace must pay a court bill totalling £8,170 after he admitted three food hygiene offences at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Thursday (18th January).
Erewash Borough Council successfully prosecuted Mr Ying Yung Chen, of Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, after an inspection by the council’s environmental health team discovered long standing dirt throughout the premises and rat droppings in several locations within the kitchen and an outbuilding. The premises were also in a poor state of repair.
The inspection was carried out after the council received a complaint regarding rats seen at the rear of the Nottingham Road takeaway.
Mr Chen admitted failing in his duty to keep China Palace clean and maintained in good repair and condition. The premises were dirty throughout and gaps were found in the fabric of the building.
He also pleaded guilty to two other offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 – failing to ensure adequate procedures were in place to control pests and failing to ensure that food handlers were supervised and trained in food hygiene. The court was told that when Mr Chen was away, he left untrained staff to cook and work in the kitchen.
Mr Chen was fined £2,000 for each of the three offences (£6,000) and was ordered to pay £2,000 costs and a £170 victim surcharge - a total of £8,170.
In his summing up District Judge Taaffe said that, while taking into account the guilty pleas and the improvements made since May 2017, the fine should still be at such a level to reflect the seriousness of the offence and to act as a deterrent to others who ignore their hygiene responsibilities.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“This case highlights the important work carried out by our environmental health team in inspecting food businesses to ensure the health and safety of residents is not at risk. It should serve as a reminder to all food businesses that they must comply with food hygiene legislation and if they don’t, we will take action when necessary.”