Ellesmere Port restaurant owner fined for food hygiene offences

24 March 2017

The owner of a Chinese restaurant in Ellesmere Port has been fined a total of £2,773.50 for food hygiene offences.

Mr Danny Ma (41), pleaded guilty to four offences, under food safety and hygiene legislation concerning the Little Tai Ping restaurant, 6A Ledsham Road, Little Sutton, when he appeared at Chester Magistrates Court on Thursday 23 March 2017.

The court heard that during an inspection at the Little Sutton premises officers found poor standards of cleanliness and accumulations of food debris.  There were also poor cleanliness standards on the floor, workbenches and underneath the surfaces of equipment in the kitchen.

Refuse storage arrangements were also poor, along with the condition of food storage containers.

In summing up the magistrate commented how the offences were extremely serious and the defendant had put a lot of people at serious risk.

As a result of the food safety offences committed; Mr Ma was fined £1,440 and ordered to pay £1,189.50 prosecution costs, along with a court surcharge of £144.  A total of £2,773.50.

The Council’s Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne said: “The safety of customers must be the top priority for any food business and food safety officers within our Regulatory Services Team work proactively to help business owners comply with legislation and meet hygiene standards.

“The poor standards in this restaurant could have had serious consequences to customers. The vast majority of food establishments in Cheshire West operate to a high standard and serve their customers well.  We have a duty to them and to the public to take effective action where others do not make the same effort.”


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