Ipswich restaurant ignored dirty kitchen warnings

A Chinese restaurant in Ipswich has been hit with fines of almost £6,500 after warnings to clean up its kitchen were ignored.

Debris, food and grease were found on catering equipment appliances and work surfaces at the Fortune Inn close to the town centre when hygiene inspectors from Ipswich Borough Council visited on two occasions over three days earlier this year.

Even after issuing an initial warning, officers found the kitchen to still be in a mess when they visited two days later.

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The owner of the restaurant pleaded guilty to four hygiene offences and was fined £350 for each one. She was also ordered to pay the borough council’s cost of bringing the case, which totalled £5,000.

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council told the East Anglian Daily Times that it was the third case to go to court in the last few months.

“Our focus this year is to target persistent poor performers and especially those with poor food hygiene ratings,” said the spokesperson. “We use a range of measures to gain compliance and it is likely that will involve more court appearances for businesses who we have failed to persuade of their legal responsibilities in the past.”

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