Restaurant owner guilty of refrigeration blunders


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.

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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.

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