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Lea Bridge takeaway mouse infestation

A takeaway in Lea Bridge Road was shut down last month by Waltham Forest Council after food inspectors found that food was at risk of contamination from a mouse infestation, poor temperature control and dirty conditions throughout.

Double Pizza and China Golden Gate, situated at 394 Lea Bridge Road was closed on 22 January by Waltham Forest Council’s Environmental Health Officers. Food and Safety Inspectors discovered a mouse infestation, with droppings found in the kitchen, in food storage areas and contaminating food containers. There was also a poor standard of hygiene and inadequate cleaning throughout the premises.

In addition, inspectors were very concerned by the lack of regard to temperature control in the takeaway. The hot cabinet storing chicken was not nearly hot enough and the fridge temperatures were not cold enough to protect food from the growth of dangerous food poisoning bacteria.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said, “We have an excellent track record when it comes to exposing rogue food establishments that take a laissez-faire attitude to the responsibilities implicit in how they run their business.

“Cleaning, storing food at the right temperature, adhering to hygienic practices – these are all things that need to be taken very seriously. They are not optional extras and anyone who is blasé enough to disregard them will answer to us.

“We will uncover them, we will shut them down if they pose a serious risk to health, we will put them in front of Magistrates, and we will make them change their ways.

“And don’t think that’s the end of it. This takeaway may be open again, but we will prosecute them for having played fast and loose with the wellbeing of our residents and I am confident the court will again back us up and punish the owners appropriately.”

The Council took the matter to Stratford Magistrates’ Court on 24 January and obtained an emergency prohibition order to prevent the premises from operating. Upon satisfying inspectors that all the emergency issues outlined by the court had been addressed, the outlet was allowed to re-open on 28 January.

The Council is now preparing to bring a prosecution against Double Pizza and China Golden Gate. The premises will remain on the council’s list of high risk food businesses until inspectors are satisfied that food safety is being properly managed.PHOTOS: The takeaway on Lea Bridge Road shut down by Council officers and some of the filthy conditions discovered inside.

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