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Darlington takeaway forced to close due to rat infestation
A MAN who was forced to close his takeaway for three-weeks due to a rat infestation has pleaded guilty to breaching food safety regulations.
Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard today (Wednesday, September 18) that Xiao Ming Chen’s Spice Inn takeaway in Bondgate, Darlington, was visited by environmental health officers in April after a customer reported seeing a rat on the premises.
An emergency prohibition order was served by the officers after they found evidence of rodents and the takeaway was shut for three weeks while contractors dealt with the infestation.
Chen, who no longer runs the business, admitted in court that he breached EU regulations by failing to deal with the rodent problem when it arose.
He also admitted to having an unclean premises and equipment and to not having proper safety procedures.
Speaking through an interpreter, 46-year-old Chen told the court that he was sorry that he had put the public’s health at risk, adding that he has since been on food hygiene courses where he "learned at lot".
Chen, who gave a friend’s address in Church Street, Guisborough, as his temporary home, was fined a total of £750 in court costs and charges.
He said he would pay the money within six weeks as he was soon due to start work at a takeaway in Sunderland.