A Chinese takeaway in Wickford has been ordered to pay in excess of £10,000
by Basildon Magistrates for failing to comply with food hygiene
legislation, following a successful prosecution by Basildon Council.
The case was brought in the wake of an inspection by officers from the
Council’s Environmental Health Department, who found that food handling
practices at Can Can, in Appletree Way, Wickford, posed a serious threat to
public health and the risk of food poisoning.
The food business operator had received advice from council officers
following earlier inspections. Despite this guidance and several warning
letters from the Council, standards did not improve.
An inspection in March this year found conditions at the premises were
still unsatisfactory. Cleaning standards were totally inadequate, there
were cross-contamination issues, hot water was not readily available and a
food safety management system had not been implemented.
Raw meat, a high risk product, was being stored next to ready-to-eat food,
cooked chicken was out of temperature control, and out-of-date food was
found in the chiller.
The kitchen was coated with food debris, grime and grease, filthy tea
towels were being used to dry hands and food storage containers were in a
broken dirty condition posing the risk of bacterial contamination and
fragments of plastic being found in the food. The extraction system filters
were clogged with thick grease significantly increasing the risk of fire at
the premises. These offences resulted in the prosecution.
Subsequent improvements are being made and a further inspection will be
undertaken in the coming weeks to re-assess the business and its food
At the hearing on Wednesday (24 August 2016) the Magistrates stated that
the photographs of the kitchen at the Can Can were the worst they had ever
seen and charged the proprietor with 13 separate food hygiene offences.
He was fined £500 for each offence as well as a victim surcharge of £50. He
also has to pay full costs of £3,844, to the Council.
Cllr Richard Moore, cabinet member for planning, said: “The Council is
eager to support businesses and does not bring prosecutions lightly, but
this was an extreme case and the Council acted in the interest of the
health of residents and visitors.”