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Brighton seafood restaurant fined over mouse droppings

The Argus: Brighton seafood restaurant fined over mouse droppings Brighton seafood restaurant fined over mouse droppings

Brighton seafood restaurant owners have been ordered to pay almost £9,000 after food safety officers found mouse droppings in saucepans in the business’ kitchen.

Palor Ltd was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,862.50 at a hearing in Brighton Magistrates’ Court yesterday following a council inspection at the Ocean Restaurant in Kings Road, Brighton.

Brighton and Hove City Council food safety officers found a mouse infestation in the restaurant’s kitchen, with droppings on shelving under the sink, in a hand basin and in a saucepan during an inspection on September 21.

The business agreed to stop trading to clean up the kitchen and carry out further treatment and pleaded guilty yesterday to failing to keep its premises clean.

Councillor Pete West, chairman of the city’s environment committee, said: “It was lucky that customers did not become ill from food prepared under these conditions.”

The news comes as Which? released a report showing one in seven food establishments in the city are deemed not to be "broadly compliant" with basic hygeine inspections.

However Brighton and Hove also had an outstanding 100% success rate for proactive inspections which includes inspections, sampling and advice. 

A spokesman for the city council said: “Those which aren’t deemed broadly compliant receive re-inspections and enforcement action such as closure, prosecution or improvement notices until we are happy that they have improved.”

Worthing Borough Council was named the worst performing Sussex district with just three quarters of food premises “broadly compliant” with basic hygiene inspections putting the authority 350th out of 395 nationally.

Mid Sussex District Council was also in the bottom quarter in the country with 75% of food premises broadly compliant.

The study of local authorities’ food safety teams was run by Which? consumer magazine to coincide with the first anniversary of the horse meat scandal.

A Worthing Borough Council spokeswoman said residents can feel “perfectly confident” in eating out in Worthing and said the figures could indicate that Worthing inspectors were tougher than others around the country.

Councillor Christopher Snowling, Mid Sussex District Council cabinet member for health and community, said the district has seen a high turnover of businesses and that “often new businesses may not be fully aware of what is required of them” but will improve standards quickly.

A Crawley Borough Council spokesman said environmental health officers inspected all high risk establishments but had reduced its very low risk visits while a Horsham District Council spokeswoman said a large number of new food businesses were home caterers making cakes and biscuits which were regarded as low risk and not formerly assessed but given advice.

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2:17pm Tue 21 Jan 14

FC says...

This place is a complete dive anyway.
This place is a complete dive anyway. FC
  • Score: 15

3:33pm Tue 21 Jan 14

sussexram40 says...

They need to get a cat and let it have free access to the kitchen. Just need to make sure it's a good mouser.
They need to get a cat and let it have free access to the kitchen. Just need to make sure it's a good mouser. sussexram40
  • Score: 5

4:05pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Goldenwight says...

I suspect that Palor Ltd is about to go into voluntary liquidation (thus avoiding the fine) and the restaurant will be run by a new company with exactly the same directors, staff and equipment on the following day.

Well done to Environmental Health for securing a conviction, though.
I suspect that Palor Ltd is about to go into voluntary liquidation (thus avoiding the fine) and the restaurant will be run by a new company with exactly the same directors, staff and equipment on the following day. Well done to Environmental Health for securing a conviction, though. Goldenwight
  • Score: 21

4:28pm Tue 21 Jan 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Next door to Buddies as well Who'd have believed it?
Next door to Buddies as well Who'd have believed it? upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 10

6:42pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Golfer69 says...

I see Buddies was given 5 Stars excellent in both it's shop and take away!
I see Buddies was given 5 Stars excellent in both it's shop and take away! Golfer69
  • Score: 6

1:19pm Wed 22 Jan 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

So who are the owners of this restaurant? Surely they appeared in court so should be named and shamed for letting such filth exist in an eating establishment.
So who are the owners of this restaurant? Surely they appeared in court so should be named and shamed for letting such filth exist in an eating establishment. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Wed 22 Jan 14

TommoBeeus says...

give them a break guys FFS
they have been caught out and shamed enough as it is, mice can infest very fast, how are they supposed to hang around all night and chase them out, would you hang around all night in your workplace on no pay? I am sure the chefs would have washed the pans containing the droppings out with boiling water before using them
give them a break guys FFS they have been caught out and shamed enough as it is, mice can infest very fast, how are they supposed to hang around all night and chase them out, would you hang around all night in your workplace on no pay? I am sure the chefs would have washed the pans containing the droppings out with boiling water before using them TommoBeeus
  • Score: -5

6:12pm Wed 22 Jan 14

TommoBeeus says...

Golfer69 wrote:
I see Buddies was given 5 Stars excellent in both it's shop and take away!
shutup. maybe those mice might report for duty at 'buddies' eh? I'm guessing you have some interest in it or are just an *rsekisser or like kicking people when they're down or something... prat
[quote][p][bold]Golfer69[/bold] wrote: I see Buddies was given 5 Stars excellent in both it's shop and take away![/p][/quote]shutup. maybe those mice might report for duty at 'buddies' eh? I'm guessing you have some interest in it or are just an *rsekisser or like kicking people when they're down or something... prat TommoBeeus
  • Score: -6

6:13pm Wed 22 Jan 14

TommoBeeus says...

FC wrote:
This place is a complete dive anyway.
shutup, I hate people who wade in and kick people when they are down, there is nothing lower or more cowardly, grow up you ****
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: This place is a complete dive anyway.[/p][/quote]shutup, I hate people who wade in and kick people when they are down, there is nothing lower or more cowardly, grow up you **** TommoBeeus
  • Score: -6

6:14pm Wed 22 Jan 14

TommoBeeus says...

upsidedowntuctuc wrote:
Next door to Buddies as well Who'd have believed it?
shutup you *rse kisser, get a life
[quote][p][bold]upsidedowntuctuc[/bold] wrote: Next door to Buddies as well Who'd have believed it?[/p][/quote]shutup you *rse kisser, get a life TommoBeeus
  • Score: -3

6:14pm Wed 22 Jan 14

TommoBeeus says...

FC wrote:
This place is a complete dive anyway.
shutup you t*t
[quote][p][bold]FC[/bold] wrote: This place is a complete dive anyway.[/p][/quote]shutup you t*t TommoBeeus
  • Score: -4

6:16pm Wed 22 Jan 14

TommoBeeus says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
So who are the owners of this restaurant? Surely they appeared in court so should be named and shamed for letting such filth exist in an eating establishment.
are you going to be a small minded tw*t all your life? Have you seriously got nothing better to fill your tiny little brain with?
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: So who are the owners of this restaurant? Surely they appeared in court so should be named and shamed for letting such filth exist in an eating establishment.[/p][/quote]are you going to be a small minded tw*t all your life? Have you seriously got nothing better to fill your tiny little brain with? TommoBeeus
  • Score: -2

4:40pm Thu 23 Jan 14

o0pink0o says...

Me thinks TommoBeeus has some connection with this place... ;)
Me thinks TommoBeeus has some connection with this place... ;) o0pink0o
  • Score: 6

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