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Chinese takeaway penalised over food hygiene violations

By Allan Preston

Published 13/01/2016

The Sun Kee on Donegall Pass in south Belfast
The Sun Kee on Donegall Pass in south Belfast

A Chinese restaurant fined £500 for health violations in 2014 is now under new ownership.

Yin Hun Tang, the director of Golden Phoenix 168 Ltd, was fined £200 for failing to keep its premises - the Sun Kee on Donegall Pass in south Belfast - clean and in good repair and condition after an inspection by health officials from Belfast City Council in March 2014.

The company was also fined £50 on each of six additional charges.

Wei Chung, the current manager of the Sun Kee, said a new owner had taken over last year, and he revealed that a health inspector had been for a follow-up inspection to the restaurant on Monday.

"Basically, we just took over last year in July," he explained.

"There was a prosecution for the previous owners. Yesterday the officer gave us a list to do some cleaning and repairs and we are doing that.

"We are just basically doing what the officers have asked us. They were conducting a final check.

"The officer gave us a list of things to be improved and they'll be back (on Wednesday)."

After the March 2014 inspection environmental health officers listed six violations of hygiene regulations:

l Failing to ensure that wash basins for cleaning hands were provided, along with materials for cleaning hands and for hygienic hand drying.

l Failing to keep all articles, fittings and equipment with which food comes into contact clean.

l Failing to ensure that ice which comes into contact with food or which may contaminate food was made, handled and stored under conditions that protect it from contamination.

l Failing to ensure that every person working in a food-handling area maintained a high degree of hygiene and wore suitable clean, protective clothing.

l Failing to ensure that, at all stages of production and processing, food was protected against contamination likely to render it unfit for human consumption or injurious to health.

l Failing to implement effective monitoring procedures at critical control points.

The company was also ordered to pay £69 in costs.

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