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Dirty restaurant vows to clean up

PUBLISHED: 12:51 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 25 August 2010

MOUSE droppings, dirty equipment, walls, floors and ventilation ducting has landed a Chinese restaurant with a £13,500 fine and £6,800 court

MOUSE droppings, dirty equipment, walls, floors and ventilation ducting has landed a Chinese restaurant with a £13,500 fine and £6,800 court costs.

Owners of The Peninsula Chinese restaurant, in Bugsby Way, Greenwich Peninsula, which seats up to 400 people, pleaded guilty to nine food hygiene offences at Woolwich Magistrates Court last month.

Greenwich council took the restaurant's owners to court on February 15 after its environmental health officers made a surprise inspection.

At the venue, which offers wedding banquets, they found the kitchen had dirty equipment, walls, floor and ventilation ducting. Food storage was in a poor state of repair which failed to protect food from contamination with the refrigerator.

A spokesperson for the restaurant said: "We deeply regret what happened last year. But we would like to say that it was more than a year ago and since then the management has been reshuffled and disciplined.

"Now food hygiene has became a priority for us. We have hired a consultant as well as worked closely together with the Greenwich Environmental Health Department.

"We want to let people know that we are now operating at a good standard but want to achieve a higher level hence we are still in consultation with a food expert.

"We hope this will bring confidence to everybody that has supported us over the years.

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