Bridlington takeaway is fined over food hygiene

Bridlington Magistrate's Court.
Bridlington Magistrate's Court.

A CHINESE takeaway in Bridlington has been prosecuted for failing to protect food from contamination and cleaning equipment.

The food business operators of the Phoenix Palace Chinese Takeaway, in Hilderthorpe Road, have been fined for Food Safety Act offences following several visits by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s food services team last year.

At Bridlington Magistrates Court, Li Qin Lin, the business proprietor, pleaded guilty to four offences and Jin Feng Lin, the manager of the business, pleaded guilty to three offences.

The prosecutions were brought against both Ms Lin and Mr Lin for failing to identify relevant hazards and control measures needed to ensure safe production of food between June and August; for failing to protect food from contamination in July; and for failing to clean equipment and provide adequate food storage and food handling in December.

Ms Lin, as the proprietor, was also prosecuted for failing to comply with a Hygiene Improvement Notice.

These offences occurred over a sustained period in 2011 whilst food services team officers attempted to work with Ms Lin and Mr Lin to ensure public health risks were minimised and also to bring the business into compliance.

But during this period the business failed to sustain, between inspections, the improvements made.

Magistrates fined Ms Lin £400 and ordered her to pay court costs of £1,000, while Mr Lin was ordered to pay £300 in fines and £1,000 costs.

Both were also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.