Hygiene inspectors find rat droppings, mouldy food and filth at New Curry Queen in Leyton High Road

'Shocking and sickening' conditions discovered at takeaway

New Curry Queen in Leyton High Road.

Rat droppings found in the takeaway restaurant.

Filthy conditions uncovered by council inspectors.

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Hygiene inspectors uncovered “shocking and sickening” conditions at a Leyton takeaway last week, including rat droppings in food containers.

New Curry Queen at 466 High Road, an Indian takeaway which also offers fried chicken, kebabs and pizzas, was described as “filthy, with poor standards of hygiene” and shut down.

Rat droppings underneath equipment, on floors and in food containers were discovered, as well as mouldy food in fridges.

“A business that treats its customers with such a level of contempt really does not deserve to be in business,” Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said.

The restaurant was forced to close and on March 3 after the council obtained a hygiene emergency prohibition order from Stratford Magistrates’ Court.

“It’s shocking,” Cllr Loakes added.

“There really is no other word for it. To think that rats were running around in the kitchen is really sickening.”

Yesterday afternoon building work was seen to be taking place in the restaurant, which was closed.

Staff could not be contacted for comment.

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9:25am Fri 7 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Yet another one! Give Loakes his due, he is finding them but these reports have put me off eating out these days as I do not trust the Scores on the Doors System. People should be made to attend hygiene courses before they trade not retrospectively as is the case now.
Yet another one! Give Loakes his due, he is finding them but these reports have put me off eating out these days as I do not trust the Scores on the Doors System. People should be made to attend hygiene courses before they trade not retrospectively as is the case now. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 20

10:44am Fri 7 Mar 14

cynicalsue says...

Good that it has been shut down but, as I have said before, do not let them open until ALL staff (including management) have undertaken health and hygiene training. Failing that, make them eat their own food for a month!
Good that it has been shut down but, as I have said before, do not let them open until ALL staff (including management) have undertaken health and hygiene training. Failing that, make them eat their own food for a month! cynicalsue
  • Score: 17

11:51am Fri 7 Mar 14

Slodown says...

Will the owners be sent to prison?
Will the proceeds of their dirty business be seized?
Of course not.
They might be fined and will laugh all the way back to the bank and their big houses.
Will the owners be sent to prison? Will the proceeds of their dirty business be seized? Of course not. They might be fined and will laugh all the way back to the bank and their big houses. Slodown
  • Score: 21

11:58am Fri 7 Mar 14

RichieA70 says...

Clyde Loakes is like a one man army - busy closing down, telling off, saying no and generally pictured standing with a cross face and crossed arms next to piles of rubbish, dog poo, filthy takeaways, puddles of wee. What a marvellous association he has with the positive things in life!
Clyde Loakes is like a one man army - busy closing down, telling off, saying no and generally pictured standing with a cross face and crossed arms next to piles of rubbish, dog poo, filthy takeaways, puddles of wee. What a marvellous association he has with the positive things in life! RichieA70
  • Score: 2

11:57am Sat 8 Mar 14

G_Whiz says...

How can the staff ever be trusted again? - A bit of training will never cure this kind of selfish, arrogant, greed!

And it looked so classy from the outside!!!!!!!!
How can the staff ever be trusted again? - A bit of training will never cure this kind of selfish, arrogant, greed! And it looked so classy from the outside!!!!!!!! G_Whiz
  • Score: 11

12:57pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

G_Whiz wrote:
How can the staff ever be trusted again? - A bit of training will never cure this kind of selfish, arrogant, greed!

And it looked so classy from the outside!!!!!!!!
Very true and the cost of all this negligence will be picked up in years to come by the NHS. You get what you pay for, so remember folks your bargain 'pizza for a pound' or 'chicken and chips for £1.99' may seem a bargain but has had rats and mice all over it.

They can sell it cheap as they save on cleaning costs!
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: How can the staff ever be trusted again? - A bit of training will never cure this kind of selfish, arrogant, greed! And it looked so classy from the outside!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Very true and the cost of all this negligence will be picked up in years to come by the NHS. You get what you pay for, so remember folks your bargain 'pizza for a pound' or 'chicken and chips for £1.99' may seem a bargain but has had rats and mice all over it. They can sell it cheap as they save on cleaning costs! Villagecranberry
  • Score: 8

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