A formerly rat-infested Chinese restaurant has been told "major improvement is needed" following another inspection.

Imperial China, on the A41 near Bushey, was rated one out of five following a council food safety inspection on April 21 this year.

The rating, published this week by the Food Standards Agency, found the restaurant’s hygienic food handling and cleanliness were 'generally satisfactory'; but its management of food safety was deemed to need 'major improvement'.

Management of food safety entails system or checks to ensure that food is safe to eat, and that staff know about food safety.

This is not the first time in recent years Hertsmere Borough Council has found problems at Imperial China.

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Back in May 2018, the council issued a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order after officers discovered a rat infestation inside the restaurant.

St Albans Magistrates Court granted the order requiring the premises to remain closed until the infestation had been cleared.

The council later confirmed the owner of the restaurant took the remedial measures required to clear the infestation to the satisfaction of the council’s officers and the restaurant reopened the following month.

Hertsmere Borough Council has been requested to share the officer's report for the inspection held on April 21.