A CHINESE takeaway has received a damning food hygiene report after inspectors uncovered evidence of rodents and a catalogue of filthy practices.

They found meat stored on the floor of an outdoor store, where rodent droppings had also been discovered.

There was no hot water for hand washing because the boiler was switched off, too much cooked meat was kept at room temperature and inspectors found a defective under-counter chiller.

Inspectors from Bournemouth council made an unannounced visit to China Bamboo in Seabourne Road, Southbourne on October 24.

They gave the premises a ‘0’ rating out of five after revealing “unsuitable” cleaning standards, a lack of protective clothing and food items being thawed at room temperature.

But the takeaway remains open.

The business, which operates between 4.30pm and 11pm, is owned by Vivian Hong Limited and managed by Congjun Han.

Following the visit, inspectors ordered bosses to make huge improvements, to include arranging a visit from a pest control officer.

Inspectors discovered that the boiler failed to reach a minimum temperature even when switched on.

The manager was ordered to maintain a supply of hot water at all times, ensure regular hand washing takes place, wear protective clothing and repair the chiller.

Inspectors said cleaning standards must be improved “immediately” and that a deep clean must be conducted.

When they returned to the premises five days later they discovered the boiler still needed to be repaired and that the external store room needs to be “pest-proofed.”

Managers were again ordered to have a deep clean at the premises.

The takeaway offers a huge range of dishes including chicken, beef, pork, seafood and duck dishes. As well as Chinese food, it also has Thai and Malaysian food on its menu.

A spokesman for Bournemouth council said a further visit will be carried out this week to ensure action has been taken. He added: “The council has not received an application to apply for a re-score to reassess their rating.”