Chinese takeaway fined for rodent infestation

PUBLISHED: 14:59 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 25 August 2010

A RAT and mice infestation at a Chinese takeaway has landed the owner a £1,600 fine.

A RAT and mice infestation at a Chinese takeaway has landed the owner a £1,600 fine.

The owner of the Peking Boat Chinese Takeaway, 37 Sidcup Hill, Sidcup, was fined £1,600 and ordered to pay £800 costs and £15 victim surcharge at Bexley Magistrates Court on October 23.

Joyce Poon pleaded guilty to all four charges brought against her by Bexley council, which included failure to keep a food business clean, maintain a food safety management system, to put adequate procedures in place to control pests and to protect food against contamination. During the routine food hygiene inspection, last November, Bexley council's Food Safety Team reported finding poor standards cleanliness in the kitchen, infestations of rats and mice and very poor storage of food that could have resulted in gross contamination.

The business was immediately closed and was only allowed to reopen five days later, when pest control treatments and a thorough deep clean had been completed.

Only two years ago the takeaway closed voluntarily for a cockroach infestation to be treated and a deep clean to be carried out.

Cabinet member for the Environment Gareth Bacon said: "Food outlets have a responsibility to serve food that is safe to eat. If we find companies are not following the correct procedures to ensure the safety of people in Bexley, we will take swift and appropriate action."

Mrs Poon was unavailable to comment at the time of going to press.

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