Restaurant owners fined over £5,000

A Chinese restaurant has been fined for poor hygiene standards, including dirty surfaces and slug trails across food.

Lincoln Magistrates fined Mr and Mrs Chen, owners of New Hong Kong restaurant in Westgate, Sleaford, £5,500 and ordered them to pay £2,000 in costs for multiple infringements of food hygiene regulations, after North Kesteven District Council brought about the prosecution.

The court heard that since the Chens took over the business in 2009, NKDC’s food law enforcement team had closely monitored the premises, which revealed slowly declining standards.

The latest catalogue of infringements, identified in February 2012, which led to the prosecution, included a lack of food hygiene awareness, kitchen floor and walls in poor state of repair, raw vegetables stored in an open room in the rear yard and potentially open to contamination, a rodent infestation and slug trails on food items. There were also cross-contamination issues involving mixed raw and ready to eat foods in the kitchen and food preparation areas, a highly-contaminated scouring brush used to clean pans and a heavily blood and dirt-stained chopping block.

Commenting after the judgement, North Kesteven’s head of environment and public protection, Mark Taylor, said: “This case will serve as a robust reminder to all food businesses that NKDC will accept nothing less than full compliance with the standards required by law.”