Skanky food sees Chinese fined

first_imgAn Oxford restaurant has been fined £17,000 for the filthy conditions in which its food was prepared. The Liasion Chinese Restaurant in Castle Street was reviewed favourably by Cherwell just two weeks ago, which admired its “mess and fun.” Upon hearing about the prosecution one student regular vowed never to eat there again, despite promises from the management that standards had long since improved. Environmental Health Officers inspecting the establishment in July 2003 found numerous serious breaches of Food Safety Requirements. Cooked egg fried rice, cooked noodles and pork meat were being stored outside in an alleyway, with no protection from contamination. Mould and cobwebs were found on the roof covering this food. Inside the restaurant the walls were smeared with grease and the floor covers were torn and hard to clean. A set of cracked, broken weighing scales and a rusty tray were used for food preparation and storage. Charles Tsang, owner of the restaurant, pleaded guilty to seven offences under food safety regulations. He was charged £17,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 court costs. Tsang, who has extensive business intersts in Oxford, told Cherwell that hygiene had long since greatly improved: “I am the Managing Director of the company, and I sacked the manager of the restaurant on the day of the inspection. We’ve changed a lot since then and they wouldn’t prosecute me now.” He was also keen to point out that he was very wellknown and respected in the Chinese food trade. Questioned about the financial implications of the hefty fine, Tsang said that he was seeking new legal advice. “I don’t want to say anything yet,” he said, “but I may fight back.” The damage to the restaurant may be even more costly. One Christ Church undergraduate, said that he was “very, very shocked” by the news. “I used to go there a lot with my parents,” he said, “I won’t now.” This publication had no such reservations. Just two weeks ago Cherwell extolled the virtues of this small restaurant. “It is so refreshing to find a restaurant in Oxford that is truly authentic,” it was decided. “Socially this is top draw; with lots of mess and fun.”ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004last_img

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