Golden Dragon Palace takeaway in Northbourne closed by council over food hygiene issues

Chinese takeaway in Bournemouth closed by council over food hygiene issues

The handwritten sign which is displayed in the window from the owners of the takeaway

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A CHINESE takeaway has been closed down on food hygiene grounds.

Officials from Bournemouth council made the decision to close the Golden Dragon Palace in Wimborne Road, Northbourne on Friday evening.

The takeaway, situated on Ashridge Parade, received a damning report from the Food Standards Agency two years ago when it was given a rating of poor for food safety and hygiene.

The reasons for the drastic action are displayed in the window of the Wimborne Road takeaway, alongside a hand-written sign claiming the business is closed for “inside decoration.”

Louise Jones, Food and Health and Safety manager at Bournemouth council said: “It’s rare and disappointing that any takeaway should fall so far below the acceptable standards.

“Despite our advice there has not been sufficient improvement and we have had to close the business to protect the general public.”

She said the Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice, served on operator Ms Yun Xue Mei, will now be scrutinised by a court and added: “We want to continue to work with the Golden Dragon Palace and help them improve.

“However, we can’t let Bournemouth residents be put at risk and we needed to take immediate action in this case.”

The notice says: “The food preparation and storage areas are dirty.

“The cutting boards are in poor condition and badly scored.

“Items of food equipment are in poor condition and dirty.

“Unsafe food practices noted.”

Bournemouth Echo: The Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice is displayed in the window

A food safety and hygiene notice says: "The combination of the above presents a significant risk of contamination of food and hence an imminent risk of injury to health".

But the hand-written sign says: “Sorry we are closed for inside decoration. We apologise to all our customers.”

An unnamed spokesman for the takeaway, said: “From now on we will change all these things and promise to do everything we can to improve.

“Please give us a chance.”

 

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11:19am Mon 12 May 14

Minty Fresh says...

I'll have a king prawn curry with large egg fried rice and chicken balls please....... err, maybe not.
I'll have a king prawn curry with large egg fried rice and chicken balls please....... err, maybe not. Minty Fresh
  • Score: 0

11:29am Mon 12 May 14

speedy231278 says...

So, they got a 'damning' report two years ago and it's taken that long for them to be closed down? Surely there'd be very regular inspections should such a report be given, leading to rather faster action?
So, they got a 'damning' report two years ago and it's taken that long for them to be closed down? Surely there'd be very regular inspections should such a report be given, leading to rather faster action? speedy231278
  • Score: 53

11:31am Mon 12 May 14

High Treason says...

I will stick to my fish and chips from Herbies at Parley Cross. A real meal and I know it is good quality.
I will stick to my fish and chips from Herbies at Parley Cross. A real meal and I know it is good quality. High Treason
  • Score: -23

11:42am Mon 12 May 14

Chrift says...

High Treason wrote:
I will stick to my fish and chips from Herbies at Parley Cross. A real meal and I know it is good quality.
Cool, cheers for that mate.

Let us know if you eat any other food anywhere else ever.
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: I will stick to my fish and chips from Herbies at Parley Cross. A real meal and I know it is good quality.[/p][/quote]Cool, cheers for that mate. Let us know if you eat any other food anywhere else ever. Chrift
  • Score: 56

11:44am Mon 12 May 14

fuhamfc12 says...

jeez, if you own a takeaway make sure you look after it. Your cooking with meats and other things which customers will order. It seems the owners were pure lazy.

Glad to see it has closed down, room for 3/4 houses i'm sure.
jeez, if you own a takeaway make sure you look after it. Your cooking with meats and other things which customers will order. It seems the owners were pure lazy. Glad to see it has closed down, room for 3/4 houses i'm sure. fuhamfc12
  • Score: 16

12:04pm Mon 12 May 14

dorsetviewer2012 says...

if the report stated as follows

The food preparation and storage areas are dirty > then clean them common sense really ?

The cutting boards are in poor condition and badly scored
if the report stated as follows The food preparation and storage areas are dirty > then clean them common sense really ? The cutting boards are in poor condition and badly scored dorsetviewer2012
  • Score: 7

1:17pm Mon 12 May 14

Frank28 says...

Clearly, Environmental Health haven't been visiting the establishment often enough for it to fall in to such appalling conditions.
Clearly, Environmental Health haven't been visiting the establishment often enough for it to fall in to such appalling conditions. Frank28
  • Score: 22

2:00pm Mon 12 May 14

speedy231278 says...

No wonder the duck was only 'Peking'.....
No wonder the duck was only 'Peking'..... speedy231278
  • Score: 2

3:28pm Mon 12 May 14

Bournemouthfan2 says...

speedy231278 wrote:
So, they got a 'damning' report two years ago and it's taken that long for them to be closed down? Surely there'd be very regular inspections should such a report be given, leading to rather faster action?
Normally if you get a bad report, En Health will make arrangements to inspect again to ensure that whatever has failed is put right. This can be within a very short time such as a couple of weeks. I guess that two years ago, the premises must have bought themselves back up to standard to be allowed to continue to operate.
Obviously they have just allowed things to slide again to just as bad or worse than before and I find this quite concerning.
From the owners comments on the door, it would seem that they have just been closed temporarily until standards are met?
If this is the case and given their history, I hope that En Health, keep a regular close check on them. The owners have pleaded that they are a small business and should be given a chance, but it does not take a lot of effort to keep the premises clean!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: So, they got a 'damning' report two years ago and it's taken that long for them to be closed down? Surely there'd be very regular inspections should such a report be given, leading to rather faster action?[/p][/quote]Normally if you get a bad report, En Health will make arrangements to inspect again to ensure that whatever has failed is put right. This can be within a very short time such as a couple of weeks. I guess that two years ago, the premises must have bought themselves back up to standard to be allowed to continue to operate. Obviously they have just allowed things to slide again to just as bad or worse than before and I find this quite concerning. From the owners comments on the door, it would seem that they have just been closed temporarily until standards are met? If this is the case and given their history, I hope that En Health, keep a regular close check on them. The owners have pleaded that they are a small business and should be given a chance, but it does not take a lot of effort to keep the premises clean! Bournemouthfan2
  • Score: 14

4:05pm Mon 12 May 14

JackJohnson says...

Bournemouthfan2 wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
So, they got a 'damning' report two years ago and it's taken that long for them to be closed down? Surely there'd be very regular inspections should such a report be given, leading to rather faster action?
Normally if you get a bad report, En Health will make arrangements to inspect again to ensure that whatever has failed is put right. This can be within a very short time such as a couple of weeks. I guess that two years ago, the premises must have bought themselves back up to standard to be allowed to continue to operate.
Obviously they have just allowed things to slide again to just as bad or worse than before and I find this quite concerning.
From the owners comments on the door, it would seem that they have just been closed temporarily until standards are met?
If this is the case and given their history, I hope that En Health, keep a regular close check on them. The owners have pleaded that they are a small business and should be given a chance, but it does not take a lot of effort to keep the premises clean!
Who cares what size of business they are. If they're running a food business that makes their customers wish they'd worn NBC warfare suits they deserve to be closed down no matter what size the business is.
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouthfan2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: So, they got a 'damning' report two years ago and it's taken that long for them to be closed down? Surely there'd be very regular inspections should such a report be given, leading to rather faster action?[/p][/quote]Normally if you get a bad report, En Health will make arrangements to inspect again to ensure that whatever has failed is put right. This can be within a very short time such as a couple of weeks. I guess that two years ago, the premises must have bought themselves back up to standard to be allowed to continue to operate. Obviously they have just allowed things to slide again to just as bad or worse than before and I find this quite concerning. From the owners comments on the door, it would seem that they have just been closed temporarily until standards are met? If this is the case and given their history, I hope that En Health, keep a regular close check on them. The owners have pleaded that they are a small business and should be given a chance, but it does not take a lot of effort to keep the premises clean![/p][/quote]Who cares what size of business they are. If they're running a food business that makes their customers wish they'd worn NBC warfare suits they deserve to be closed down no matter what size the business is. JackJohnson
  • Score: 14

6:20pm Mon 12 May 14

Bob49 says...

So how come folk were still using them after the original low rating ?
So how come folk were still using them after the original low rating ? Bob49
  • Score: 12

8:58pm Mon 12 May 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Shocking that inspections are not carried out more often probably due to budget cuts , but well done for acting fast!
Shocking that inspections are not carried out more often probably due to budget cuts , but well done for acting fast! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 5

9:50pm Mon 12 May 14

Mejulie1967 says...

I wouldn't give them another chance. If they are happy to work in filth after already being warned a few years ago, that really is the measure of their care and standards...
I wouldn't give them another chance. If they are happy to work in filth after already being warned a few years ago, that really is the measure of their care and standards... Mejulie1967
  • Score: 8

10:29pm Mon 12 May 14

vinmaster says...

Anyone seen my cat...
Anyone seen my cat... vinmaster
  • Score: 1

9:11am Tue 13 May 14

kenny73 says...

It was still open last night, I drove past it.
It was still open last night, I drove past it. kenny73
  • Score: 4

9:59am Tue 13 May 14

Bournemouthfan2 says...

Mejulie1967 wrote:
I wouldn't give them another chance. If they are happy to work in filth after already being warned a few years ago, that really is the measure of their care and standards...
We don't really know though do we how many inspections took place after they bought back up the standards from the original bad inspection.
It all depends on what the parts if the premises failed with the original rating as well. A poor rating can cover lots of different aspects of a business, such as poor paperwork, staff training etc not just cleanliness and hygiene. This is why it is fair to try to work with business that may fail an inspection rather than close them down immediately.
As I said though earlier it is very concerning that this later rating is so poor that the premises has been shut temporarily, especially as it they had problems in the past, which seems to suggest that they are not that concerned over keeping the place up to standard. If I was working at En Health I would keep a very close eye on it from now on.
[quote][p][bold]Mejulie1967[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't give them another chance. If they are happy to work in filth after already being warned a few years ago, that really is the measure of their care and standards...[/p][/quote]We don't really know though do we how many inspections took place after they bought back up the standards from the original bad inspection. It all depends on what the parts if the premises failed with the original rating as well. A poor rating can cover lots of different aspects of a business, such as poor paperwork, staff training etc not just cleanliness and hygiene. This is why it is fair to try to work with business that may fail an inspection rather than close them down immediately. As I said though earlier it is very concerning that this later rating is so poor that the premises has been shut temporarily, especially as it they had problems in the past, which seems to suggest that they are not that concerned over keeping the place up to standard. If I was working at En Health I would keep a very close eye on it from now on. Bournemouthfan2
  • Score: 2

2:39pm Tue 13 May 14

Dorset Logic says...

Chrift wrote:
High Treason wrote:
I will stick to my fish and chips from Herbies at Parley Cross. A real meal and I know it is good quality.
Cool, cheers for that mate.

Let us know if you eat any other food anywhere else ever.
eccles cakes from Asda, are a little better than Tesco's ones.
[quote][p][bold]Chrift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: I will stick to my fish and chips from Herbies at Parley Cross. A real meal and I know it is good quality.[/p][/quote]Cool, cheers for that mate. Let us know if you eat any other food anywhere else ever.[/p][/quote]eccles cakes from Asda, are a little better than Tesco's ones. Dorset Logic
  • Score: -1

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