When Environmental Health Officers from Middlesbrough Council’s Public Health and Public Protection Service visited A Bite of China they found evidence of serious risk to food safety.
During an inspection of the Chinese restaurant on Wednesday (August 16) officers found rat and mouse droppings, insect infestation and poor standards of cleanliness.
A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was served requiring the immediate closure of the Borough Road business.
Middlesbrough Council was today (Friday, August 18) granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order at Teesside Magistrates’ Court confirming the Council’s actions.
The Order requires the restaurant to remain closed until Environmental Health Officers had carried out a further hygiene assessment and were satisfied that there was no longer a serious health risk.
Judith Hedgley, Middlesbrough Council’s Head of Public Protection, said: “The poor conditions in this food business presented an imminent risk of injury to health and therefore it would be unacceptable to allow the restaurant to remain open.
“Teesside Magistrates accepted that health-risk conditions existed when Environmental Health Officers visited the premises and granted a Court Order to stop the restaurant re-opening.
“Once the owner has carried out all necessary works to bring the restaurant up to standard we will accept an application to reassess the business. Following assessment, if officers are satisfied that conditions are hygienic the restaurant will be allowed to re-open.
“An investigation will now be carried out to determine if further enforcement action is to be taken.”
Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “The Council’s Environmental Health Officers carry out around 600 food hygiene inspections every year and businesses are given a food hygiene rating.
“It is very encouraging to know that more that 97% of food businesses in Middlesbrough achieve a hygiene rating of good to very good.
“It is therefore a great concern when poor standards are found in any food business and require enforcement action.
“When the officers visited this restaurant they took prompt action to address conditions that could have put the health of its customers at risk.”