Most Portsmouth takeaways have ‘excellent’ hygiene says leading councillor

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The councillor responsible for public health in Portsmouth says most takeaways in the city are ‘excellent’ despite recent high-profile prosecutions.

Robert New said the city council would continue to take failing restaurants to court – but stressed that the majority are helped to improve hygiene standards.

We’re pleased that the quality of our food businesses is generally excellent, with more than 60 per cent achieving the highest possible five rating

Cllr Robert New

Cllr New, the cabinet member for environment and community safety, said officers do support businesses.

It comes after three takeaways and restaurants have been prosecuted by the city council over disgusting conditions in two months,

Cllr New said: ‘Our officers spend most of their time educating food businesses and helping them to improve.

‘If restaurants fail to improve and consistently put the public at risk then we may have to resort to court action.

‘We’re pleased that the quality of our food businesses is generally excellent, with more than 60 per cent achieving the highest possible five rating.

‘In the last 12 months only 0.2 per cent of premises have had to be prosecuted for hygiene offences.’

Indian Ocean, in Fratton Road, was the latest to be taken to magistrates’ court – with co-director Matab Uddin banned from running any food business and the firm told to pay out more than £6,700.

Hong Kong Tea Bar, in Lake Road, was told to pay out more than £13,000 and its owner Ah Chau Wong was banned by magistrates from running any food business.