• Shocking hygiene standards sees Doncaster takeaway owner banned from running food businesses

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    July 18, 2019
    The owner of a takeaway in Woodlands, Doncaster has been banned from running food businesses, sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to pay £2,000 in costs after Doncaster Council’s environmental health team found a raft of serious hygiene offences.

    Mr YI Guo Lin, (Jimmy Lin) of Happy House, 264 Great North Road, Woodlands, Doncaster DN6 7HP appeared in Sheffield Crown Court on 10th June 2019 for sentencing.

    Mr Lin pleaded guilty to seven food hygiene offences on 20th February 2019 in Doncaster Magistrates Court. The Magistrates found the offences so serious they ordered the case be sent to the higher court for sentencing. 

    Officers from the council’s environmental health team visited the business on 4th April 2018 to investigate a customer complaint about the quality of food.

    The officers found the business in a filthy state. Equipment was grubby and damaged, there were inadequate hand wash facilities, work surfaces dirty and not sanitised and the business had failed to keep adequate documentation in relation to food safety. The officers also found serious issues with food handling and cross contamination which posed a serious risk to public health.

    The business was revisited on numerous occasions over the next 10 months and advice given to Mr Lin was ignored. On each occasion issues were still identified with cleaning and poor food handling.

    In September 2018, 20 environmental swabs were taken in the business to assess cleanliness. They all came back as unsatisfactory and the Head Food Examiner raised concerns over the appalling results. A further 12 environmental swabs were taken in October 2018 and 10 came back with unsatisfactory results.

    Mr Lin pleaded guilty to seven food hygiene offences and officers applied for a Hygiene Prohibition Order to prevent Mr Lin managing a food business.

    The Judge heard how Mr Lin had been warned time after time over the years by council’s Environmental Health team and his business had been closed and he had been cautioned in the past. The Judge said the officers had tried endlessly to help him improve and Mr Lin had ignored the advice given.

    Cllr Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Communities, Voluntary Sector and the Environment, said: “The owners of food businesses have a legal duty to keep their shops hygienic and we take strong action where they fail to do so.

    “Mr Lin failed to take heed of our advice, carrying on with no regard to his customer’s health. We were left with no option but to prosecute him and prevent him from running a food business for the foreseeable future.

    “The public can be reassured that we have a zero tolerance approach to any owner of a food business who puts public health at risk.”

    The business is now under new management.
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