Former Bakewell takeaway owner fined

The former owner of a Bakewell takeaway business has been fined £5,500 after pleading guilty to 11 food hygiene charges.

Mr Fa Huang was also ordered by Chesterfield magistrates last week to pay costs totalling £1,172.

The prosecution was brought by Derbyshire Dales District Council after warnings from inspecting officers about food hygiene standards at the Bamboo Cottage takeaway in Water Street were ignored.

Fining Mr Fa Huang, who no longer owns the business, Magistrates described the state of the premises as "a scandal". The court heard that District Council officers had discovered "a nightmare catalogue" of issues including raw chicken stored on top of cooked food and containers of sauce and a chopping board that had mould growing on them.

Afterwards, a District Council spokesperson said:

"Our environmental health team worked really hard with Mr Huang to get him to comply with legal standards, bringing in a translator to assist with meetings and arranging for a Cantonese Food Standards Agency representative to work with the business.

"However, further inspections and swab tests showed that despite our support, the owner was unable to improve standards, and we were left with no alternative but to prosecute."

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