Is this Britain's Filthiest Takeaway?

Disgusting pictures reveal chicken left defrosting in a bucket, nowhere for staff to wash their hands and mouse droppings on the floor.

Defrosting Chicken

  • Tiger King in Portsmouth had the pleasure of a recent unannounced food safety inspection.
  • Filthy conditions uncovered and the takeaway was immediately closed.
  • Owner fined £5,000 and banned from running a food business.

  • Inspector said hygiene problems among 'worst he'd ever encountered'

A Chinese takeaway which had mouse droppings on the floor and no toilet seat has been shut after an inspector said it was the worst he’d seen.

Tiger King in Portsmouth, Hampshire, was so filthy it was branded a risk to public health and immediately closed.

The horrified inspector, who went to the takeaway after a tip-off from a disgruntled customer, found a chicken defrosting in a bucket on the kitchen floor, food stores on low dirty shelves and mouse droppings coating the floor

Staff were forced to use a toilet with no seat and were left with nowhere to wash their hands which is a basic sanitary requirement regardless of the legal contraventions.The contamination of food from poor personal hygiene practices was a real risk to customers of the establishment. The need for food safety training for the staff and the owner was clearly never contemplated.

Owner Daniel Fan has now been banned from running a food business for six months.

Richard Lee, Portsmouth City Council’s environmental health manager, said it was one of the worst hygiene breaches he had seen in 20 years.

He said: 'The problems we found at Tiger King were some of the worst we’ve ever encountered.

'The deterioration in the standards was considerable over a short period of time.Filthy toilet and no seat

'The operator was putting the health of his customers at considerable risk and, consequently, I’m pleased with the decision of the court.'

After an inspection last week, the takeaway was given a one out of five hygiene rating. Check your local takeaways food hygiene score here.

Fan was fined £5,000 and had to pay £1,253 pounds in costs at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to five offences relating to food hygiene.

 Inspections conducted by Environmental Health Officers are conducted at a frequency based on the level of risk posed by the operator and vary considerable from one local authority to another. High risk premises may be subject to an annual inspection where as others may not see an inspector for many years.


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