Leyton News

Chicken shop shut after cockroach found ‘floating in container of fat’

The owner did not put up a fight when he appeared in court today
By Waltham Forest Echo

Perfect Fried Chicken in Leyton (credit: WF Council)
Perfect Fried Chicken in Leyton (credit: WF Council)

A chicken shop in Leyton has been shut down after inspectors found live cockroaches and mice droppings in the kitchen.

Perfect Fried Chicken in Church Road was inspected by Waltham Forest Council on 14th September and ordered to close at Thames Magistrates’ Court today.

A cockroach floating in a container of fat (credit: WF Council)

Food hygiene officers who visited earlier this month found a cockroach “floating in a container of fat” and mice droppings on a flour sieve.

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They also spotted live cockroaches and their eggs, more signs of a mice infestation and “grease dripping from the cooking equipment”.

Mice droppings in the serving area (credit: WF Council)

The shop’s owner, Israr Ahmed, appeared before District Judge Goodwin today but did not attempt to fight the council’s application to have him shut down.

The shop will be forced to close until it can prove it is no longer a danger to customers.

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, the council’s cabinet member for Community Safety, said: “The vast majority of food service operators in Waltham Forest are compliant with food and safety regulations and we are proud of the borough’s record.

“That said, we will move decisively against any operator found to be putting public health at risk and it’s disappointing to see a breach as egregious as in this case. They will need to seriously up their game if they expect to continue operating in this borough.”

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