Cockroaches shut down Henderson restaurant

STEPHEN FORBES
Last updated 05:00 26/01/2012
Fu Lin Kitchen
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SHUT DOWN: Fu Lin Kitchen in Henderson.

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An Auckland restaurant is facing prosecution and a fine of up to $10,000 after council inspectors discovered cockroaches and poor hygiene practices.

Fu Lin Kitchen at 361 Great North Rd in Henderson was closed on December 12.

Auckland Council spokesman Glyn Walters says the business had since been allowed to reopen after ''addressing the problems'', but council staff would continue to closely monitor it.

Walters says all E graded food premises are immediately closed until all identified risks to public health have been rectified. The business is then prosecuted.

The manager of Fu Lin Kitchen did not want to comment.

The Fu Lin Kitchen case comes just weeks after the owner of the Westgate Shopping Centre food hall appeared in the Waitakere District Court over claims cockroach faeces and dead roaches littered the floor of six ethnic food stalls.

The food hall was given an E rating.

It was ordered to close immediately in May 2011 after a routine inspection.

Food hall owner Mohammed Saleh was fined $2000 after admitting two charges against him and his business.

Changes were made to upgrade the premises to an A certificate but business is still slow, Salem says.

Waitakere City Council introduced the food hygiene grading system in 2003.

It brought it into line with other local authorities including Auckland city and Manukau.

The scheme  is still in place and all West Auckland food outlets have to be a graded.

Food premises that come under the system include dairies, petrol stations, supermarkets, takeaways and restaurants.

All of them have to display their food grading certificates so customers can see them.

Council officers carry out random inspections regularly.

''All gradings are required to be displayed for two months, after which an application for re-grading may be made,'' Walters says.

''Checks are made to ensure that grading certificates are displayed in accordance with the bylaw which requires them to be displayed conspicuously and readily seen by customers.''

Depending on the fault and its risk to food safety, the authority says D-graded eateries can be given a deadline in which to rectify a fault.

 They may be  permitted to trade while work is being carried out.

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