Chinese takeaway premises ‘filthy’

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.

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A LAYTON takeaway has been prosecuted after a raid found the premises in a filthy condition.

Town hall health chiefs visited Wok Wow Chinese takeaway on Westcliffe Drive in September 2010 to carry out a food hygiene inspection and were shocked by the poor hygiene conditions.

The floor and walls were filthy and the floor damaged and could not be properly cleaned.

Hand basins were not provided with soap for staff and there was evidence of equipment such as the rice cookers, tin opener, fryers, and food containers had not being kept clean.

Raw beef was stored above cooked meat in the fridge, putting the ready-to-eat food at risk.

Flies were found on food in the kitchen at the time of the visit. Cooked meat was found above the legal temperature limit of 80C, when it should have been kept in a fridge.

Officers had served hygiene improvement notices in 2007 and 2008, requiring improvements. In October 2009, Wong accepted a simple caution for similar offences.

Blackpool Council leader Coun Simon Blackburn, said: “We place the utmost importance upon protecting the health of the resort’s population.

“I hope this sends out a clear message that although the majority of Blackpool businesses are well run, we will not shy away from tackling poorly run ones.”

Blackpool magistrates fined Wong £2,500, and ordered him to pay £895 costs and a £15 victims’ surcharge.