Three Kettering restaurants in breach of health rules

Kettering Magistrates Court
Kettering Magistrates Court

Three restaurants have been taken to court after poor standards were found during routine food hygiene tests.

Action was taken against the Kettering restaurants following inspections by the borough council’s health protection team.

Wai’s Chinese takeaway in Field Street, the New Village Chinese takeaway in Granville Street and Mazza Indian restaurant in Pegasus Court, on the Kettering Business Park, have been before magistrates over the last three weeks.

Donald Chi-Wai Chan, of Wai’s, was fined £2,000 after pleading guilty to four food hygiene offences at Kettering Magistrates Court on June 6.

He admitted failing to maintain a food safety management system, failure to keep the premises clean and failure to prevent food from risk of contamination.

He was also charged with not wearing protective clothing when handling food.

Chun Li Mok, from New Village, pleaded guilty to similar offences and was fined £2,500.

Meanwhile, Zakir Abubacar, the previous manager of Mazza, was given a conditional discharge by magistrates in Northampton on June 14 as a result of a routine inspection of the restaurant carried out in August last year.

Inspectors found a poor standard of cleanliness and dried food products contaminated with biscuit beetles.

The head of environmental health at Kettering Council has warned the authority was not afraid to take action against any businesses it believed were breaching food hygiene regulations.

Shirley Plenderleith said: “We have a clear enforcement policy to ensure that food sold within the borough brings no risk to any potential consumer.

“If, during inspections, officers find significant failings or previous warnings have gone unheard, we will not hesitate to take formal action.”

The council added that more than 95 per cent of food businesses in the borough which are eligible to be included in the food hygiene rating scheme are currently ranked as satisfactory or better.