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Restaurant fined over poor hygiene standards

Category : Market Place News

11 January 2013

A restaurant in Ireland has been hit with a fine following an investigation that revealed it had breached several hygiene rules in its kitchen.

The Golden Mill Chinese Restaurant in Killmallock, County Limerick, was the subject of the prosecution after displaying several concerning signs of poor cleanliness and food protection, reports the Limerick Leader. Its owner May Chung was eventually charged with four breaches of hygiene relating to the food in store at the establishment.

She was fined €3,000 (£2,470) for the restaurant's liability, with her prosecution going through under the latest European Union food hygiene laws.

Inspectors had examined the Golden Mill in July last year and the Health and Safety Executive subsequently launched the prosecution. In addition to the hefty fine, Ms Chung was ordered to pay €667 in costs.

The case in Ireland comes shortly after the Sun exposed poor hygiene standards in a branch of Pizza Hut in Kent. It told how the walls, floor and surfaces of the restaurant in Erith had been found to be dirty, potentially putting customers at risk of poor health.

Food businesses need to be up to speed with all the latest rules and regulations if they are to avoid any unfortunate incidents. Inadequate food safety and hygiene can result in the possibility of infections being spread among customers leading to illness, while evidence of sloppy work will have environmental inspectors calling.

Should a food firm - including shops, restaurants and manufacturers - be prosecuted, they could be liable to a significant punishment, such as a large fine. The case of the Golden Mill is one of many examples of this occurring in the UK and Ireland.

Of course, the best way to avoid this is by investing in the best cleaning products and carrying out regular cleaning and maintenance work around premises. Another priority should be educating staff, as this will help to implement high standards throughout an organisation and lead to positive results.

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