Calderdale takeaway fined for hygiene and safety offences

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A Calderdale takeaway has been fined for having poor food hygiene and putting people’s health at risk.

Calderdale Council Environmental Health officers visited Welcome Chinese Takeaway at 5 Southgate, Elland, in April and identified a number of serious food hygiene and safety offences.

These included poor practices that could result in cross-contamination of food; filthy equipment and surfaces in the kitchen; disrepair of equipment and fittings; and the lack of up to date records of any food safety checks carried out within the business.

The Council had warned the takeaway owner, Mrs Tu Yung Chan, about similar issues at previous inspections, and had advised her numerous times on how to run her business safely.

She was cautioned on 24 July 2011 for a number of food hygiene offences. As Mrs Chan showed continued disregard for public health, the Council took legal action against her in the interests of protecting the public.

Mrs Chan pleaded guilty to eight offences in Halifax Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 September and was fined £16,000 (£2,000 per count) plus costs of £1,315 and a £120 victim surcharge – a total of £17,435.