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Leytonstone KFC shut down due to ‘rat infestation’ and ‘very poor cleaning’

The fast food branch was shut down after an inspection earlier this week
By Josh Mellor

A bag of flour gnawed open by rats (credit: WF Council)
A bag of flour gnawed open by rats (credit: WF Council)

The Leytonstone KFC has been shut down after food hygiene inspectors found signs of a “rat infestation” and “very poor cleaning”.

On Tuesday 9th August, Waltham Forest Council’s food safety team visited the branch and immediately shut it down due to the danger to customers.

They found rat droppings inside and outside the restaurant, “stagnant smelling slime” in the staff room and “filthy grease and food debris” under and behind cooking equipment.

“Stagnant-smelling slime” on the staff room floor (credit: WF Council)

The chicken shop’s operator, Triple D Ltd, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on 15th August, where director Kemal Daroowala was ordered to cover the council’s court costs of £1072.68.

KFC’s spokesperson confirmed the restaurant will remain closed while its management “work closely” with the council to “make things right”.

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They added: “We’ll be reopening our doors once things are back up to the standard we and our fans expect.

“Operating responsibly is our number one priority and we have strict processes in place to ensure the quality and hygiene of all our restaurants.”

Dirt and old food was found under cooking equipment (credit: WF Council)

The spokesperson did not respond when asked for further details of the “strict processes” in place.

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, cabinet member for community safety, said: “This ruling sends a message. From global franchisees to independent food business operators, anyone willing to risk public health by cutting corners on food safety will find themselves in court.

 “We will exercise all the powers available to the Council to take action against the minority of restaurant owners who do not take their responsibilities seriously.”

A previous food safety inspection of the Leytonstone branch, in March 2021, saw it awarded a ‘very good’ rating.

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