Fowl bed of rice takeaway owner guilty

By on 25/06/2010 in News
Door to the shed at the New Golden Bowl

Door to the shed at the New Golden Bowl

A Chinese takeaway owner who stored uncovered bowls of raw chicken and fried rice in an outdoor shed that was also being used as a bedroom, has today appeared at Birmingham Crown Court, following guilty pleas having been entered on a previous occasion.

Miao Hua Shen (37) of Weoley Castle Road, pleaded guilty to six food hygiene offences, sentencing has been deferred.

Four charges related to the insanitary condition of New Golden Bowl, Weoley Castle Road on 13th July 2009, when the premises and equipment were found to be in a dirty condition with poor provision for hand washing, and two further offences resulting from an inspection on 26th January 2010 when raw chicken and fried rice was found being stored in a shed.

Shed being used as a bedroom and storeroom, with bowl of raw chicken and trays of egg fried rice on floor

Shed being used as a bedroom and storeroom, with bowl of raw chicken and trays of egg fried rice on floor

Environmental Health Officers from Birmingham City Council first visited the Golden Bowl Chinese takeaway on a routine inspection on the 13th of July 2009.

The premises and equipment were found to be filthy; there was no soap so that workers could wash their hands, dirty cloths, newspapers and cardboard were also being used on food preparation surfaces.

Following another routine inspection on 26th of January 2010, Environmental Health Officers followed a chef into a tin shed at the rear of the premises and found open food trays of raw chicken and fried rice being stored next to bedding and laundry, posing a serious risk of cross-contamination.

Dirty cloths by takeaway cartons

Dirty cloths by takeaway cartons

Owner Mrs Shen has previous convictions in Oct 2007 for Food hygiene Offences.

Councillor Neil Eustace, Chair of the Public Protection Committee at Birmingham City Council, says:

“Our Environmental Health Officers have seen some peculiar practices, but they were totally shocked to find people sleeping in the same room where food was being so unhygienically stored. They had never seen anything like it.

“The containers used to store chips were filthy and had obviously never been cleaned. Trays of rice were just being stored on the floor, an open invitation for pests to crawl into them.

Shed being used as a bedroom and storeroom, trays of egg fried rice on floor

Shed being used as a bedroom and storeroom, trays of egg fried rice on floor

“People like Mrs Shen give responsible Chinese takeaway owners a bad name, another Chinese in the area has scored very highly in our scores on the doors hygiene rating scheme.”

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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  1. This is absolutely sickening to read about. Any organisation that sells food has a duty to maintain a stringent health and safety, not only to protect the company but also to ensure that their customers are protected and happy to come back.

  2. Adrian says:

    I used to eat there… Yuk.!!!

  3. Fran says:

    I would never have believed this of Mrs Shen, she is such a pleasant lady. Yes, the shop counter area was shabby (haven’t been in there since seeing this in the Evening Mail a few weeks ago), and I did see mouse traps along the skirting under the windows the last time I was there. I would really like to have known about this before. It’s scary that 6 months went by till the 2nd inspection, and another 5 months till the court case. Almost a year of being allowed to prepare and sell food in filthy conditions. It surely would have served us all better to have shut down the take away at the first inspection. We aren’t just talking about a dirty tea towel here. Mrs Shen should have been made to correct everything noted at the initial inspection, before being allowed to reopen. Frightening.

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