Chinese restaurant reopens after hygiene shutdown

05 May 2011 by
Chinese restaurant reopens after hygiene shutdown

A Chinese restaurant that was shut down because of poor hygiene practices has been allowed to reopen.

Greenwich Council ordered the closure of the Peninsula Chinese Restaurant in Charlton, south London, after environmental health inspectors found mouse droppings on and near plates and cutlery, and on top of food storage containers.

The inspection on 5 April also discovered a heavy build-up of grease beneath the cooking range and inadequate steps being taken to prevent the spread of bacteria.

The restaurant was allowed to reopen on 13 April after further inspections found it had taken steps to clean the kitchens and food preparation areas.

Councillor Maureen O'Mara, the council's cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: "We took immediate action, backed by the courts, to close this restaurant.

"We will always take steps to prevent the minority of irresponsible restaurant owners from operating in Greenwich if they cannot get a grip on hygiene."

In February 2010, the same restaurant pleaded guilty to a number of food hygiene breaches and was fined £13,500 and ordered to pay the council's costs of £6,800.

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By Helen Gilbert

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