Clampdown on filthy kitchens ends in £30k of fines being served up to York businesses

Food premises where food hygiene failings were identified have been fined a total £29,111 after a clampdown on dirty kitchens in York.

Bosses at the City of York Council took legal action after two restaurants under their licence failed to take the required measures to protect public health.

An unannounced inspection by environmental health officers to Lucky Dragon on Boroughbridge Road, York, found conditions were poor and major improvement necessary.

Flies were found in the kitchen which had inadequate prevention measures, there were poor handling practices for raw meat, insufficient cleaning and sanitisation procedures. In addition wall paint was flaking and the floor was greasy.

A letter was sent to director Yan Yun Zhou to advise the business of the failings and requiring it to address the issues indentified.

Ms Zhou pleaded guilty on behalf of herself and the Lucky Dragon York to three food hygiene offences.

Both the company and she were fined £591 each with Ms Zhou also being given a £59 court surcharge and being ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,710.07. The total fines and costs amounted to £3,951.07.

Meanwhile, during a programmed inspection last year, multiple shortcomings were identified at the Mirchiztakeaway and restaurant on Fishergate, York.

They included inadequate temperature control of high-risk foods, poor cleanliness and repair, cross contamination risks and inadequate management documentation.  A food hygiene rating of 1 requiring major improvements was awarded.

During the previous four food safety inspections the business had failed to achieve a hygiene rating greater than 2. A follow-up letter was sent to advise the owners of the failings and the required improvements, but a further visit uncovered a number of shortcomings.

Both companies involved and their directors Abdur Rohim, director of Mirchiz Bangladeshi Restaurant York Ltd and Ali Hussain, director of Mirchiz Takeaway pleaded guilty to four food hygiene offences.

These related to lack of a food safety management system, failure to effectively clean equipment and the food premises and failure to implement a food safety management system.

They were fined £5,416.00 each, with prosecution costs of £789.41 each, and a £170 court surcharge for Mr Rohim and Mr Hussain. The total fines and costs amounted to £25,161.64.

Cllr Helen Douglas, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “York offers many very good food premises and we want customers from the city and beyond to be confident in the quality of all the restaurants and takeaways they visit. Thanks to our food hygiene team’s vigilance, these issues have been identified and customers protected.”

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