Walthamstow takeaway shut down after customer complaint

Ranna in Hoe Street (credit: Google Streetview)

A Walthamstow takeaway has been temporarily shut down after a mice infestation was discovered in the kitchen.

Ranna, an Indian restaurant in Hoe Street, was inspected by Waltham Forest Council’s food hygiene team on 25th January after a complaint from a customer.

Inspectors found signs of a “significant rodent infestation”, such as mouse droppings throughout areas used to prepare and store food, and “deposits of dirt and grease”.

On 1st February, Thames Magistrates’ Court issued a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order, forbidding the restaurant from reopening until it is safe to do so.

Droppings and dirt in the restaurant (credit: WF Council)

Khevyn Limbajee, the council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “I shudder to think how long this risk to public health might have remained were it not for the swift and decisive actions of Council Environmental Health Officers.  

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“Rather than just a means of punishment, I hope this closure order sets the proprietors on the right course towards improving their health and safety practices permanently and restoring the confidence of their customers as well as the Council.” 

The restaurant’s owner, Saar Takeaway Ltd, was ordered to pay the council’s court costs of £1,096 and has since “undertaken extensive cleaning, repairs and pest control measures”.

Ranna will be able to reopen once a re-inspection by Waltham Forest Council has proven the problems are resolved.

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