Fairwood Fast Food Ltd. has been fined HK$10,000, the maximum penalty for a public cleanliness offence, after part of the body of a cockroach was found in pork chop rice sold at one of its stores, Apple Daily reported Thursday.
A Fairwood representative pleaded for leniency, saying no insects were found in the kitchen when Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) officers came for an inspection.
But magistrate Yu Chun-pong said having no insects in the kitchen is something that should be taken for granted with a restaurant operator.
A consumer surnamed Siu bought pork chop rice with a beverage for HK$38 at the Fairwood restaurant at Amoy Plaza in Kowloon Bay.
Siu noticed a dark spot in the rice about 6-7 millimeters long.
It was later confirmed to be the remains of a cockroach.
Siu filed a complaint with the FEHD, and officers took the food for examination.
Fairwood has 28 similar offenses on its record, the last one in September 2011, also resulting in a fine of HK$10,000.
Fast-food chain Maxim’s MX was given more lenient penalties for similar offenses, the report said.
Maxim’s was fined between HK$3,000 and HK$7,000 each time for similar offenses in the past year. It has 142 violations on its record.
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