Chinese restaurant fined over under-cooked sausage

Tin Sang Chinese Takeaway in Dan-y-Twyn, Merthyr Tydfil in Wales has been ordered to pay £1,085 for selling a battered sausage that was under-cooked.

Restaurant owner Jin Rong Chen was made to pay a £300 fine, £755 costs and a victim surcharge of £30 for providing the unsafe food.

The offence was made known after the Environmental Health Department received a complaint from a member of the public after being served a battered sausage that was under-cooked. Following on from this, an immediate investigation was launched by environmental health officer Sian Rapson who discovered the sausage within the batter was practically raw.

Chen was prosecuted by the Environmental Health Department and pleaded guilty to selling unsafe food.

“We receive a wide range of food complaints every year and all complaints are fully investigated,” said Susan Gow, environmental health manager for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. “In this case the sausage meat within the batter was clearly raw and further checks uncovered a systematic failure to ensure that sausages in batter were thoroughly cooked. The risks from eating raw pork are high and include food poisoning from salmonella, E.coli 0157 and hepatitis E.

As such, it was felt to be in the public interest to bring this prosecution against Mr Chen.”

Councillor David Jones, portfolio member for Neighbourhood Services and Public Protection, said that environmental health officers routinely carried out unannounced inspections of all of the high-risk food businesses within the borough. “In addition to this, we will act on any information received from the public to help ensure that consumers can eat out with confidence and free from the risk of food poisoning,” he said.

“Where standards are found to be below what is expected, then action will be taken as has been the case with Tin Sang.”

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