Mouse droppings at takeaway

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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Mouse droppings were found at a Chinese takeaway when health inspectors made a spot check at the premises.

Raw meat was also stored above cooked food in a fridge at the Coral Takeaway posing a risk of contamination and including cooked ribs which the owner said he would use throughout the week.

Wai Kong Yu, 52, of Highfield Road, South Shore, pleaded guilty to breaching five food hygiene laws.

He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £100 costs plus £120 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge said: “This restaurant fell well below the standards required.”

Lee Petrak, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said two health and safety inspectors made a spot check at the takeaway on Highfield Road on November 28 last year.

Rodent droppings were found contaminating storage areas under shelves and boxes of vegetables were surrounded by mouse droppings.

Eggs were stored in a box which had also been soiled by droppings.

A rice cooker was filthy, areas were cluttered, walls contaminated with food debris and flaking paints, plus equipment and floors were dirty.

Food was being kept incorrectly in a fridge and there were inadequate procedures in place to control pests.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said the check by health inspectors was a routine one.

There had been no complaint from a member of the public. Yu had immediately closed the takeaway and done remedial work on it.

It was the first time Yu had been in charge of a kitchen and he ran it as a one-man band. In April this year he was declared bankrupt and no longer owned the business.

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