Health inspectors in Portsmouth have ordered a Chinese takeaway to stop operating after its kitchen practices were declared an “imminent risk to residents”.
Portsmouth City Council confirmed that its environmental health team took action after advice that it gave to The Wonderful Chinese was ignored.
Cllr Dave Ashmore, cabinet member for environment and community safety at the council, said: “This business was given plenty of advice on food safety, but it was not followed. To protect local people, we had to take steps to stop it operating.
“We’re glad the court agreed that it had very poor food-handling practices, which posed an imminent risk to residents. The order will stay until we’re satisfied there’s no longer a risk.”
Portsmouth newspaper The News reported that inspectors had found “a slew of disgusting conditions at the restaurant”, including a filthy sink, dirty containers and plastic bags, cooked chicken defrosting near raw meat in an open bag, and a ceramic wall tile left on top of marinating meat.
It said that discoloured marinated pork was found in an unlabelled container and a marinade containing meat fragments was also spotted in dirty bucket-like container.
Cooked rice was left uncovered at ambient temperature – of around 24.5C – with evidence of contamination, it added.
Under the terms of the order, it is understood that the takeaway must clean and sanitise all food preparation and storage areas, as well as catering equipment.
It has also been instructed to review its food safety management procedures and provide evidence that staff have undergone food hygiene training.
The council has said the order will only be lifted when it is happy that all those requirements have been met.
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