Coco Noodle bar fined hygiene breaches

A noodle bar owner has been fined £18,000 after Ealing Council officers uncovered several serious breaches of hygiene regulations.

Andy Ly, 42, owner of Coco Noodle Bar, 70 The Mall, Ealing, pleaded guilty to six hygiene related offences at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 7 January 2010.

He was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay £3,695.95 towards the council’s court costs, totalling £21,695.95.

A council food hygiene officer inspected the premises in June 2009 and found that there were no food safety management systems in place and a number of poor food hygiene practices.

Officers had previously inspected the restaurant in 2006, when conditions of gross contamination were discovered, including a serious rat infestation in the kitchen.

Ly was prosecuted in 2007 and fined £10,000 plus costs. During that time the restaurant also had to be closed for two days while the kitchen was cleaned up.

Councillor Vlod Barchuk, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, said: "They clearly didn’t learn from their first trip to court so I sincerely hope they take heed this time round. I’m glad the courts have recognised how serious this is and served up such a large fine."

"We simply will not tolerate the safety of residents being put at risk and we will be keeping a close eye on the restaurant to make sure they remain fully compliant with hygiene laws."

"The noodle bar is walking a thin line now. If they are convicted again we will seriously consider making an application to the courts and Mr Ly could face a ban from running a food business in the future."

Coco Noodle Bar has since made satisfactory improvements.