A Chinese restaurant in Leicester has been slapped with a £12,000 fine for a breach of food hygiene regulations that will make any supplier of refrigeration equipment wince.
The Real China, a buffet-style establishment, was prosecuted after failing a health inspection that exposed a long list of misdemeanours in the way it was handling food.
Environmental health officers encountered fridge seals that did not close properly, with food being stored at incorrect temperatures.
Prosecutors said heated buffet food served to the public had to be kept at a minimum of 63°C but fried chicken on offer at the restaurant was being stored at 52°C and shredded pork at 59°C.
On a second visit to the restaurant, officers found beef joints in the fridge at 22°C even though buffet food had to be cooled to 8°C before it could be refrigerated to be served at another time.
The owner of the restaurant pleaded guilty to 12 food hygiene charges and said it had since undertaken a deep clean and invested in new equipment.
The company was fined £1,000 for each of the offences and ordered to pay £2,253 in costs.