The owner of a Chinese takeaway in Ilkeston has been fined more than £800 after mice droppings were found in the kitchen .
Ying Yuan Chen, 52, owner of China Palace on Nottingham Road, appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court on February 27, where he admitted failing to control pests, keep premises clean and keep raw materials free from the risk of contamination.
Environmental health officers from Erewash Borough Council made an unannounced visit on January 23 last year.
Mice droppings were found behind fridges and on the kitchen floor, and gnaw marks were found on a melon.
The walls, floors and doors were dirty and droppings were seen throughout the premises. The officers found holes that could be used by the rodents to enter the premises.
Chen was fined £340, must pay £500 council costs and a £34 victim surcharge.
Councillor Barbara Harrison, the council’s lead member for environment said: “It is the duty of all food business operators to ensure their premises are kept clean, free from pests and that food hygiene standards are maintained at all times.
“This prosecution demonstrates our commitment to protect the health and well-being of our residents and sends out a clear message – that we will take the necessary action when we find problems.”
Officers implemented ‘hygiene emergency prohibition procedures’ to shut the premises because they felt there was an imminent risk to health.
Chen voluntarily closed for business.
He said he had not kept it up to standards because his parents had passed away, went on to hire a pest control firm.
People can check out the food hygiene rating of local premises via the website food.gov.uk/ratings