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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Restaurant shut for one day over 'filthy' kitchen

Grace’s Garden Chinese Restaurant in Shankill
Grace’s Garden Chinese Restaurant in Shankill

Mary Fogarty

Grace's Garden Chinese restaurant in Shankill was temporarily shut down last month, due to 'filthy' conditions in the kitchen.

This was the second Shankill premises to be issued with a food closure order over the summer, with Andrew's Chinese takeaway closed for three days in June.

Grace's Garden was closed from July 18, and the order lifted the following day once food safety standards were met.

In a letter to Mr Zhensan Lin of Grace's Garden informing him of the order, the HSE said that he had not complied with food hygiene legislation. It said that the restaurant had posed a significant threat to health due to failure to adequately clean and disinfect the premises and equipment.

'The kitchen and associated areas were in a filthy condition on inspection. An accumulation of dirt, grease and grime was evident in many areas,' read the order. 'There was a large accumulation of dirt and debris on the floor under and behind the equipment. There was grease dripping down the walls and an accumulation of grease behind and on equipment.'

There was also a panel coming away from the wall by the food wash sinks, revealing a large build-up of dirt behind it.

Equipment and food contact surfaces were in a filthy and unhygienic condition. There was an accumulation of dirt and grease on the chopping board and food containers were dirty.

The inspector found that food was not safely in the walk-in freezer. Several food containers were badly cracked and chipped which had the potential to cause physical contamination and there were spices being stored in a dirty black muslin cloth.

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland said the onus is on food businesses to ensure they protect the health of their customers by always strictly following food safety legislative requirements.

'It is somewhat alarming that 15 enforcement orders were required to be served on food businesses in the month of July,' she said. 'The legal responsibility for producing food that is safe to eat rests firmly with food businesses.

'The FSAI is here to provide advice if food businesses are unsure of what is required of them by law. They can contact the FSAI at info@fsai.ie or visit fsai.ie,' said Dr Byrne.

Details of the food businesses served with enforcement orders are published on the fsai's website.

Closure orders and improvement orders will remain listed on the website for a period of three months from the date of when a premises is adjudged to have corrected its food safety issue, with prohibition orders being listed for a period of one month.

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