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Euro Chicken Shop Fined for Foul Conditions

A filthy takeaway in Leytonstone has been left counting the cost after it was found guilty in court for showing a shocking level of disregard for food safety.

Euro Chicken and Pizza was inspected by Waltham Forest Council food safety officers in January 2016 following a complaint by a resident. They found a number of serious breaches which resulted in the business being given a hygiene rating of zero.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Businesses that put the safety of our residents at risk due to poor hygiene conditions have no place in Waltham Forest. It is surely not too much to ask for these premises to have simple hygiene procedures in place, especially in areas where food is being prepared.

“If we have to go through the courts to punish these places that is exactly what we will do. In this case both the company and the director have been fined, which shows how serious the Magistrates considered these offences to be.”

The case was heard at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 1 July, where the company director, Shahid Hussain, pleaded guilty to eight offences both personally and on behalf of the company. He was personally fined £1,500 plus a £120 victim surcharge. The company was fined £6,000, and ordered to pay costs of £1,526 plus a £120 victim surcharge. This brought the financial penalty to a grand total of £9266.

Inspectors found the premises to be extremely dirty, with mouse droppings, dirt and grease discovered throughout. Mouse dropping were also found in other areas including the breading table where chicken was being coated in flour prior to frying. The floor of the cold store was covered in dirty, wet cardboard, and food containers which were used to store cut salads were encrusted with old food deposits. Food preparation surfaces were covered with old food deposits and greasy cardboard. The shop was found to be in a generally poor state of repair, with damaged plaster due to a leaking roof and paint flaking off the wall. Hot water and paper towels were not provided at the wash hand basin in the toilet.

The poor hygiene conditions indicated that there was a failure by the operator to control food safety in the business. Documents which are required to demonstrate effective food safety measures were not in use, which led to the business being awarded a zero hygiene rating.

The Council carries out a regular programme of food safety inspections across the borough. If residents have any concerns about any food business in the borough they are advised to report them to the Council so they can be fully investigated.

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