Decomposing mice, flies and evidence of rats found in ‘disgusting’ Leyton food shop

A food wholesaler in East London has been fined £10,000 after decomposing mice, flies, cockroaches and rat faeces were found in its kitchens.

One sticky trap was even found with six dead mice on it in various states of decay, along with dozens of flies and fresh rat droppings.

Nisa’s Homemade Recipes Ltd, at Leyton Business Centre on Etloe Road, supplies kebabs, spring rolls and samosas to restaurants and corner shops across London and beyond.

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The wholesaler temporarily shut down in March 2019 after officers from Waltham Forest Council found “flagrant breaches” of food hygiene laws during a routine inspection.

Officers reported: “A severe ongoing mouse infestation was found across the business, including in the food production areas where open food and ingredients are stored and handled.”

During a hearing on August 9, Thames Magistrates Court also heard that: “There were very poor levels of cleanliness evident across the business.”

The business was fined £10,000

The firm, which boasts that it has been “providing the highest quality Halal snacks since 1999”, was fined £5,000 for two offences, plus a £120 victim surcharge, and £1,855.66 in costs to be paid in full by October 1.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader of Waltham Forest Council and Cabinet Member, said: “People must have confidence that the food they are buying is fit to eat and the firms supplying it are preparing the produce in safe and clean environments.

“As a local authority we have always been vigilant, and we remained so during the pandemic.

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“The number of people ordering takeaways via apps soared during the lockdowns so customers often didn’t get to see the places where they were ordering from, which shows why it was so important that our officers couldn’t afford to let their guard down.

“And quite frankly some of the scenes they found were disgusting. They should never have been allowed to get into that state. But it is not just the fines that should act as a deterrent. As we have seen firms also lose their reputation and business.

“Cutting back on cleaning and pest control measures may seem like an easy and quick way to save money but in the long run, it will cost a firm dear. I hope they have learned a valuable lesson.”

Nisa’s Homemade Recipes Ltd has been contacted for a statement but it has not responded.

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