A woman has been prosecuted at Blackpool Magistrates Court for nine food hygiene offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.
Leying Shi aged 46 of the Chinese takeaway Asia Bagus, 4 Mowbray Drive, Blackpool, FY3 7JR, attended court on 8 August 2018, where she pleaded guilty to the offences.
Ms Shi was sentenced to a fine of £1384, costs of £750, victim surcharge £138, payable at £400 per month
Blackpool Council’s Environmental Health Officers carried out a food hygiene inspection of the premises on 20 November 2017.
During the inspection, concerns were raised around the high level of cross-contamination risk from raw meat to cooked and ready to eat foods, and also the contamination of equipment.
Raw meat was found being stored, prepared and defrosted throughout the operational kitchen, with no proper separation from other foods.
Further concerns included a catalogue of cleaning contraventions such as dirt on the cooking equipment, floor and shelving throughout the kitchen.
Officers also found open food being stored beneath the sinks, damaged food containers, a torn filthy delivery bag and lapsed monitoring records.
An interpreter attended court with Ms Shi, where the bench classed the offences as ‘high culpability and a flagrant disregard.’
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Blackpool Council Leader, said: “We will continue to monitor, pursue and prosecute businesses that fail to adhere to relevant regulations.
“There is no room in Blackpool for establishments that do not take hygiene in their premises seriously. Those that don’t could potentially put the public at risk. This will not be tolerated.
“We would recommend that people check the Food Standards Agency website which helps consumers choose where to eat or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, takeaways and food shops – www.ratings.food.gov.uk.”