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Restaurateur banned from running food businesses

Published Monday, 10 February 2014

A Chinese restaurant in Enfield has been fined £2,800 and its owner banned from running a food business after the owner pled guilty of seven breaches of food hygiene regulations between June and December last year (2013).

Quan Mai (Vanessa) Yang, 43, of Cumbrian Gardens, London, the owner of Oriental Chef of London Road, Enfield,  was sentenced for breaching seven counts of Regulation 17 (1) of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006.

The offences she was sentenced for at Tottenham Magistrates’ Court in Lordship Lane, Tottenham, on February 6 related to the control of pests, poor hygiene procedures (storing pre-cooked food in open, un-chilled containers next to raw meat, etc) and bad cleaning   

She was also ordered to pay costs of £2,398.56 and issued with a Prohibition Order banning her from operating a food business.
 The court heard that inspectors from Enfield Council visited the premises on six occasions and found a catalogue of failings which on two occasions resulted in the premises immediately closing down for cleaning and replacement of broken equipment.
 Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: ”The state of this restaurant was nothing short of a disgrace and I’m frankly appalled that anyone would even consider cooking food in grimy, unpleasant and pest infested condition such as the ones we found.
 “When our inspectors visited these premises they found a quite abysmal standard of cleanliness, hygiene and pest control and despite trying to work with the business owner over an extended period of time there was scarcely any improvement.
 Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, Cllr Andrew Stafford, said: “When the owners of food businesses show no inclination or interest in ensuring their premises do not jeopardise the health of their own customers, we need to take firm action.
 “We honestly felt in this case that the only way to properly protect the public from food poisoning or worse was to prosecute the owner and do everything we can to prevent Ms Yang from ever running a food business again.”
 Before you eat out remember to look out for the green and black food hygiene rating stickers displayed on windows and doors. If you can’t see a sticker, then ask staff or check online here .
 Also look out for the free app to download. This will let you check premises ratings quickly and easily before you set foot inside the establishment.


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