Owner of Royal Thai Restaurant, Darlington, admits food hygiene breaches

THE owner of a restaurant that was shut twice in one year by environmental health officers has been banned from managing a food business after he failed to meet hygiene standards.

Chusak Phetmalaikul, the former managing director of Pawin Thai Ltd, which ran The Royal Thai Restaurant in Parkgate, Darlington, admitted six breaches of food hygiene regulations at a hearing at Darlington Magistrates’ Court in September.

The court heard during an inspection in July, Darlington Borough Council environmental health officer Edward Whelan was “shocked” at the level of food hygiene at the premises and issued a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice, shutting it down temporarily.

His restaurant had already been temporarily shut in February this year due to high levels of carbon monoxide caused by a poorly-maintained Chinese cooking range and ventilation system.

At a hearing at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today, Mr Phetmalaikul was handed a Hygiene Prohibition Order, preventing him from managing any food business for a minimum of six months.

He also manages the Central Thai Resaurant and two food shops in Durham.

The business will now be managed by his wife, under the new name of Thai Corner.

Amy Wennington, prosecuting on behalf of Darlington Borough Council, said: “The two prosecutions in such a relatively short space of time give the local authority concerns he isn’t an appropriate person to be managing a business of this nature.”

Mr Phetmalaikul was also fined £110 for each of the six offences and ordered to pay £287.50 costs with £15 victim surcharge.

Chairman of the bench John Cauldwell said: “These are serious offences. We are also concerned that this is the second set of offences in the space of a relatively short period of a few months.”

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8:37am Fri 12 Oct 12

jewitt says...

So the family can continue to run it. that's a real punishment (not)
So the family can continue to run it. that's a real punishment (not) jewitt
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9:17am Fri 12 Oct 12

DOGLAWRENCE says...

jewitt wrote:
So the family can continue to run it. that's a real punishment (not)
Seems a bit Stupid as the rest of the Family will have known about the State of the Restaurents , probably all the same Hygene ? standards
[quote][p][bold]jewitt[/bold] wrote: So the family can continue to run it. that's a real punishment (not)[/p][/quote]Seems a bit Stupid as the rest of the Family will have known about the State of the Restaurents , probably all the same Hygene ? standards DOGLAWRENCE
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4:43pm Fri 12 Oct 12

sashadhar says...

The general information is that Chinese/Thai people are not noted for proper hygiene despite where they operate. Having live in a few countries, I can attest to that. If an individual go to the kitchen area with the handling of food, I doubt they would ever eat Chinese/Thai food again. Imagine when the first McDonalds was opened in China and the USA franchise had to train them, the Americans were shocked to see how they prepare food and had to constantly keep reminding them to wash their hands. Mind you, the kitchen had 15 sinks. I have stopped eating Chinese/Thai food because despite unhygienic food preparations, they used MSG and soy sauce which are responsible for ill health in the form of High Bood Pressure, irregular heart beats and cancer. This report did not surprise me and I will never, ever eat Chinese/Thai food again.
The general information is that Chinese/Thai people are not noted for proper hygiene despite where they operate. Having live in a few countries, I can attest to that. If an individual go to the kitchen area with the handling of food, I doubt they would ever eat Chinese/Thai food again. Imagine when the first McDonalds was opened in China and the USA franchise had to train them, the Americans were shocked to see how they prepare food and had to constantly keep reminding them to wash their hands. Mind you, the kitchen had 15 sinks. I have stopped eating Chinese/Thai food because despite unhygienic food preparations, they used MSG and soy sauce which are responsible for ill health in the form of High Bood Pressure, irregular heart beats and cancer. This report did not surprise me and I will never, ever eat Chinese/Thai food again. sashadhar
  • Score: 1

8:27pm Fri 12 Oct 12

drainman says...

Not much of a penalty is it? but whos going to eat in there now, not me Sir.
Not much of a penalty is it? but whos going to eat in there now, not me Sir. drainman
  • Score: 0

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