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Proprietor of unlicensed rooftop barbecue site in Mongkok convicted

     A man prosecuted for running an unlicensed rooftop barbecue site in Mongkok was convicted and fined $8,000 in the Kowloon City Magistrates' Court today (November 17). The court also ordered him to forfeit all the seized articles.

     The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department raided the unlicensed rooftop barbecue site at 697 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, on the night of September 19 this year. A number of bags of charcoal, barbecue stoves and eating utensils were seized and the operator was charged for running an unlicensed restaurant.

     Under the Food Business Regulation, the maximum penalty for operating an unlicensed restaurant is a fine of $50,000 and six months' imprisonment.    

     The spokesman advised members of the public to patronise only licensed restaurants. "We will continue to take stringent enforcement action against unlicensed food businesses to safeguard public health," he added.

Ends/Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Issued at HKT 17:44


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