Restaurants in the city have been warned to keep their food safe after a Chinese eatery landed a hefty legal bill for multiple hygiene breaches.
Mei Shan restaurant, on Alfreton Road, has been handed a £7,000 fine as well as £2,500 in court costs.
Owners Jin Fu Xiang Co Ltd pleaded guilty to three regulation breaches at Nottingham Magistrates Court.
Environmental Health Officers from the City Council inspected the restaurant’s premises – deeming them to have very poor standards of hygiene.
Councillor Nicola Heaton, portfolio holder for Community Safety, said:
Our team in Nottingham work hard to make sure that food businesses in the city meet hygiene regulations.
Councillor Nicola Heaton
“Food standards and regulations are there for a reason, and we don’t take lightly the impact poor standards could have on our citizens.”
The couple who run Mei Shan, Mrs Hong Wei Zhang and Mr Hang Lu, had previously been issued with a caution in 2011.
Mei Shan’s breaches of the Food Hygiene Regulations 2013
- General cleaning of the premises;
- Equipment cleaning – specifically the meat slicer;
- Provision of waste disposal kept clean and free from pest access – namely the yard having open containers of food/oil and being filthy.
Paul Dales, City Operations Manager for Food and Health & Safety, said:
There is no excuse for food businesses not to do a good job and keep the kitchen clean and handle food safely.
Paul Dales, City Operations Manager for Food and Health & Safety
“Given the previous warnings about poor standards at this restaurant my team had to take this prosecution action to protect the public.
“Most businesses work hard with my team to improve hygiene standards but this shows that some traders ignore the basic rules that should protect their customers.”
Slideshow: The poor hygiene standard in Mei Shan