Conditions at the takeaway were extremely poor (Picture: Plymouth Live/BPM Media)
A Chinese takeaway owner has been fined nearly £9,000 for a string of food safety offences.
The investigation into Asian Bowls in Saltash near Plymouth began when a customer complained about being served an undercooked chicken dumpling.
Nauseating close-up photos released by Cornwall Council showed the chicken pot sticker dumplings which were found to contain contain raw meat.
Another graphic image showed a sickening build up of slime and mouldy food on a counter inside the takeaway.
The kitchen floor was so encrusted with grease, dirt and food debris that it had become dangerously slippery.
Grease was dropping into open food in fridges and high-risk foods were not being kept at the required temperature.
There was a ‘substantial amount of grease and dirt’ on surfaces, inside fridges, freezers, cupboards and on light switches.
The takeaway was deemed to pose an imminent risk to health by inspectors.
Environmental health officers were appalled by what they found (Picture: Plymouth Live/BPM Media)
Close-up of the raw dumplings (Picture: Plymouth Live/BPM Media)
Owner Kai Kuang Chiam voluntarily closed it on October 22 last year and disposed of all food on-premises.
He reopened the business two days later after a deep clean. Mr Chiam, 48, who ran the front desk, suggested standards had slipped after the head chef left in September.
He and his wife both obtained food hygiene qualifications and he now works in the kitchen to personally ensure the necessary standards are maintained.
Grease on a pipe inside the takeaway (Picture: Plymouth Live/BPM Media)
A further visit in January 2021 found cleanliness improvements but no food safety management system in place, which contravened the hygiene improvement notice.
By June 2021, the officers were satisfied with the improved conditions at the takeaway and no longer deemed it a risk.
Mr Chiam admitted nine offences and was fined £1,504 and ordered to pay costs of £7,150.
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