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Filthy takeaway closed by health inspectors

Not an appetising image: a photo taken by the food hygiene team. Photo: Waltham Forest Council.

A takeaway chicken shop in Waltham Forest has been closed down, after health inspectors described it as one of "the filthiest premises" they had seen in a long time.

Pictures taken during the inspection at QFC (nothing to do with KFC) in Wood Street reveal the extent of the problem - including filthy surfaces and a mouse infestation.

The shop has been closed until the council can be satisfied that it no longer poses a risk to public health. Credit: Waltham Forest Council.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Clyde Loakes, said:

“It begs the question, ‘What does the Q in QFC stand for?

"If we assume the F stands for Fried and the C stands for Chicken, one can only imagine what the Q could denote?

“Queasy? Questionable? Certainly not Quality, that’s for sure! In all seriousness, the photos I have seen connected with this inspection tell a pretty disgusting tale.

“There has obviously been very little cleaning carried out and hygiene appears to have been given no consideration whatsoever. The fact that mice were running around this kitchen – and from the amount of droppings found, for some time too – just makes you feel sick for anyone who has eaten there recently.”

Health inspectors found evidence of a mouse infestation. Credit: Waltham Forest Council.

The shop has been closed until the council can be satisfied that it no longer poses a risk to public health.

Health inspectors said it was one of the filthiest places they had seen in a long time. Credit: Waltham Forest Council.
Pictures reveal the extent of the filth in the kitchen. Credit: Waltham Forest Council.