The former owner of a Bakewell takeaway has been fined for food hygiene offences.
Mr Fa Huang, former owner of the Bamboo Cottage takeaway in Water Street was fined £5,500 last Wednesday after pleading guilty to 11 food hygiene charges.
The prosecution was brought by Derbyshire Dales District Council after warnings from inspecting officers about food hygiene standards at the establishment were ignored.
Magistrates described the state of the premises as “a scandal”, and the court heard District Council officers had discovered 'a nightmare catalogue' of issues including raw chicken stored on top of cooked food and containers of sauce and a chopping board that had mould growing on them.
Afterwards, a District Council spokesperson said: “Our environmental health team worked really hard with Mr Huang to get him to comply with legal standards, bringing in a translator to assist with meetings and arranging for a Cantonese Food Standards Agency representative to work with the business.
“However, further inspections and swab tests showed that despite our support, the owner was unable to improve standards, and we were left with no alternative but to prosecute.”
Since the hygiene inspection at the end of September Mr Fa Huang has sold the stake in the business business, according to DDDC, and was also ordered by Chesterfield magistrates to pay costs totalling £1,172.
Bamboo Cottage were unavailable for comment - after receiving an Food Standards Agency rating of zero last year they told us: "We have been compliant with the FSA and carried out a thorough clean-up of the kitchen. Things are better now.”