The owner of a fast food take away was ordered to shut down after Hackney Council discovered a serious rat infestation, during a routine inspection carried out by Hackney Council’s Environmental Health Officers.
They owner of Dixy Fried Chicken at 163 Stoke Newington High Street, Mr Aamer Nawaz, was issued with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order by Bow County Court on Friday, 15th October. The order means that Mr Nawaz must immediately stop serving food from the premises.
Officers identified a serious rat infestation in the food storerooms in the basement, resulting in actual contamination of take-away food packaging. They also found the premises to be in an otherwise poor state of cleanliness and immediately closed it by serving a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice.
Mr Nawaz has been issued with a schedule which outlines the work that will need to take place, before the premises will be allowed to re-open.
Councillor Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Hackney Council, says: “The Council is committed to ensuring that the health of Hackney’s residents is not compromised by unhygienic food and drink establishments. The Environmental Health team regularly conducts visits to ensure standards of cleanliness and hygiene are met, and we will continue to take action against any food business operators that do not take their responsibilities seriously.”