Two directors of a restaurant in Staines potentially face going to prison after admitting a catalogue of hygiene breaches.
Guildford Magistrates Court said the seriousness of the offences meant the fate of Beng Chong Yeoh and Guang Hao Fang, who ran Shanghai Restaurant, should be decided by a Crown Court.
The court heard that a hygiene officer from Spelthorne Borough Council found lemon sauce with a fly in it, cooked chicken left unrefrigerated in an unlined cardboard box and dirty kitchen sinks containing raw meat during three separate visits to the restaurant last year.
The officer also witnessed a kitchen worker sneezing before continuing to prepare food without washing his hands, while photographs were taken of dirty kitchen sinks, utensils and work surfaces.
The owners also failed to ensure that kitchen staff wore clean and suitable protective clothing.
Councillor Jean Pinkerton, Spelthorne Council’s cabinet member for health, well-being and independent, said that prosecution was the last resort having exhausted all other means of achieving compliance with the Food Hygiene Regulations.
“We hope that this prosecution will send a very strong message to all food businesses that this authority will not tolerate persistent failure to comply with food safety and health safety legislation,” she said.
The pair will learn their sentence on August 3rd at Guildford Crown Court.
Both men have been convicted of 11 charges brought under The Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 and three charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The Crown Court has the power to impose an unlimited fine and/or imprisonment for up to 12 months (food hygiene) and two years (health and safety).