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The company held accountable for one of the most extensive food poisoning outbreaks encountered by Eastleigh Borough Council’s Environmental Health team received fines and costs in excess of £82,000 at Southampton Magistrates Court yesterday.
The prosecution was brought following reports of salmonella poisoning after people had eaten at the Real China restaurant in Eastleigh town centre in July last year. The investigation is the most extensive dealt with by Eastleigh Borough Council’s environmental health team, with 100 confirmed cases.
Akkora Management Ltd and director, Mr Zudong Liu, had previously entered a formal plea of guilty to all charges at a hearing last month following the prosecution brought by the council under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. The case took a considerable amount of time to prepare due to the severity of the outbreak and the task of collating evidence relating to 100 confirmed food poisoning cases.
The court imposed a fine of £37,500 against Akkora Management Ltd; Zudong Liu was fined £22,500, and the council’s costs of £22,232.58 are to be paid between the company and the director. In total more than £82,000, plus a victim surcharge, is payable by the defendants who between them faced a total of 30 charges.
Councillor Anne Winstanley, Eastleigh Borough Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing and Environmental Health, said: “We are pleased that the court recognised the seriousness of this offence and that this was reflected in the fines and costs handed out to Akkora Management Ltd and the director.
“It is a tribute to the council team’s professionalism and dedication to protecting public health that this case has been brought to a successful conclusion.”
The Real China restaurant, in Eastleigh’s Swan Centre complex, is now under new ownership and recently achieved a Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene rating of 4 out of 5, meaning that its standards are now judged as “Good”.