A food warehouse in Leyton, Waltham Forest, has been closed by environmental health officers due to ‘outrageous’ conditions.
The premises were used by both Kim Son Ltd and Four Seasons Catering Supplies Ltd to store food which supplied restaurants, takeaways and cash in the area.
The grocery stores, located in the Cromwell Industrial Estate, had no hot water and there were “dirty, bloodstained quilts used as insulation covering bundles of beef”.
Health workers also found evidence of a “severe rodent infestation” in all grocery stores.
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The three food warehouses were closed immediately after the hygiene emergency prohibition notices were served.
Applications have also been made to the Magistrates Court for emergency hygiene barring orders, preventing the premises from reopening until the imminent risk to the public has been removed.
The judge who heard a dirty toilet at the scene wouldn’t have been moved in the hit 90s movie Trainspotting.
At an application hearing at Thames Magistrates Court on November 18, the District Judge granted the emergency hygiene barring orders.
No business owner attended the hearing and the two businesses were each asked to pay a fee of £890.
Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Chief of Waltham Forest Council, said: ‘When our Environmental Health Officers visit a site they never know what they are going to find.
“But it was a revolting sight in every way.
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“The judge’s damning observation that one of the toilets looked like Trainspotting’s worst toilet in Scotland speaks volumes.
“It’s unacceptable under any circumstances – but in an environment where people are handling food, you have to wonder what they were thinking, even if it wasn’t being used.”
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