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Rat-infested Tottenham restaurants closed down by council

PUBLISHED: 10:55 08 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:55 08 March 2013

Two rat-infested Tottenham restaurants were closed down after council officials discovered rodent mess, structural defects, filth and sub-standard hygiene practices.

Officers visited Station Chicken Express, at 61a White Hart Lane, on January 29, and found evidence of rat and mice, no hot water, poor hygiene standards, piles of rubbish and structural defects which allowed rats to enter the building.

The council used a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice to close down the shop, which was rubber stamped by Tottenham Magistrates on February 13.

Another restaurant, The Dragon Inn, a Chinese takeaway at 49 The Roundway, Tottenham, was shut down on February 7 after council environmental health officers found a rat infestation in the storage area, mice in the food areas, droppings around the premises, structural defects, neglected waste and general filth.

A previous improvement notice issued by the council had been ignored. The Dragon Inn was immediately closed pending a Hygiene Prohibition Order which was issued by magistrates on February 13.

Cllr Nilgun Canver, cabinet member for the environment, said: “It’s really disgraceful that some restaurants believe they can risk the health of their customers by not adhering to even the most basic hygiene standards. All of us expect that when we get a takeaway or go out to dinner the food has been prepared and cooked according to food safety laws.

“I can only stress that we will continue to make checks on premises and will follow up leads if we get reports of poor hygiene standards in Haringey premises.”

Both businesses have now been re-inspected and have re-opened after substantial improvements. Council officers will continue to visits these shops and will take formal action to ensure they continue to comply with food safety law.

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