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Takeaway owner fined £4,500 over poor hygiene conditions

A business owner has been banned from operating a food business and ordered to pay £4,430.00 following “continued” poor hygiene conditions and food safety regulations, despite previous convictions.

According to York Council, Di Wu appeared at York Magistrates on 11 February 2020 and pleaded guilty to “multiple food safety charges” for the Hong Kong Chop House. Wu is the director of Infinity Hardheadedness Ltd, the business operator of Hong Kong Chop House.

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City of York Council environmental health officers carried out two food safety inspections at the takeaway between December 2018 and February 2019

During this period the the council said the business “failed” to achieve a food hygiene rating higher than one, and was “broadly non-compliant” with food safety regulations for a period of five years.

During the food safety visits, environmental health officers identified issues including poor equipment and premise cleanliness, failing to protect food against contamination, failure to implement and maintain food safety procedures and failure to comply with an earlier hygiene improvement notice issued October 2017.

Wu has been issued with a hygiene prohibition order preventing him from running a food business, which is the second order issued by City of York Council this year.

Cllr Andrew Waller, executive member for economy and strategic planning, said: “York is home to a variety of food establishments and we will continue to ensure that standards are met and that customers are confident in the quality of the food they are being served in the city.

“The takeaway was given advice and multiple opportunities to improve, which it repeatedly failed to abide by.”

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