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Cockroach-infested restaurant fined

10 February 2005 by

Manchester's New Hong Kong restaurant was fined more than £6,000 for multiple health and safety offences after council investigators found it infested with cockroaches, among other horrors.

The restaurant in Faulkner Street was fined £6,400 for breaching the Food Safety Regulations Act and ordered to pay £1,285 costs.

The offences included infestation of Oriental cockroaches, poor cleanliness, risks of cross-contamination, and poor design, construction and structural repair of the floor and ceiling.

The restaurant manager, who did not wish to be named, said after the case that different cleaning contractors had now been employed. He added: "Everything has been revamped and is in order now."

A spokesman for Manchester City Council environmental services said: "It's not just enough to rely on pest control contractors to treat premises - owners have to be aware of their responsibility to train staff in all aspects of hygiene."

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