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|Cockroaches and Mice at the Golden Dragon|
- Chinatown restaurant fined UKP20,000 for infestation
AN INFESTATION of cockroaches and mice at Chinatown's Golden Dragon has netted UKP20,000 in fines for its owners.
The Gerrard Street restaurant was closed following an inspection in August 2006. Westminster Council food safety officers found evidence of mouse droppings in storage areas and on 'clean' plates. Peeling paint was falling off the ceiling onto raw food in the meat drying area.
"There were basic failures to protect raw food from contamination, there was no soap or hand drying facilities in the kitchen", James Armitage, of Westminster City Council's food safety told magistrates. Of 5,000 restaurants in Westminster "this is one of the worst examples I have ever seen" he said.
The restaurant's owners, Leadfield Ltd, admitted the charges and received a fine of UKP2,000 for each of the eleven offences. The Golden Dragon was allowed to re-open four days after it was issued with an emergency prohibition order, having completed the necessary work to remove the risk to public health.
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