THE MANAGER of a Stratford restaurant has been made to pay more than £20,000 after a serious outbreak of salmonella saw six people hospitalised and one suffer kidney failure.
Henry Cheung, who manages the Laughing Buddha on Greenhill Street, was also banned from being involved in the running of any food outlet after pleading guilty to eight food hygiene offences at Leamington Magistrates’ Court on Friday (July 31).
The prosecution against Mr Cheung was brought by Stratford District Council’s Environmental Health department, who told the court how 15 people were known to have contracted food poisoning after eating at the Chinese restaurant between July and August last year.
It is understood eggs from a supplier in Germany, which were not Red Lion branded and had previously caused a salmonella outbreak, were used at the restaurant.
Two of the most severe cases saw one man hospitalised with kidney failure while another – the partner of a pregnant woman – suffered an extreme bout of food poisoning although both went on to make a full recovery.
Despite undergoing a period of voluntary closure last year, eggs from the same supplier were used again at a later date.
And having previously pleaded not guilty to all eight charges at an earlier hearing, Mr Cheung opted to change his plea on the day of the case.
The 60-year-old was fined £2,000 for the salmonella outbreak, £750 for issues relating to cleanliness, £1,000 each for six further food hygiene offences and was made to pay the council’s costs of £11,827.51.
However Mr Cheung was given a small deduction for his guilty plea – meaning he has 14 days from the hearing to pay the total fine of £20,697.51.
He was also issued with a hygiene prevention order by magistrates, which bans him from being involved in the management of any food business until further notice.