Chicken shop owned by Redbridge councillor falls foul of hygiene standards
PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 07:18 14 March 2018
The hygiene of an Ilford chicken shop leased by a Redbridge councillor is deemed to be in “need of improvement,” it has been revealed.
Ratings from the Food Standards Agency show that Chicken Bites, in Ilford Lane, received a zero out of five for food hygiene after being inspected on January 20, meaning the shop was in “urgent need of improvement.”
A council officer told the Recorder that the shop’s rating had improved to a two rating following an inspection last week, which now means that “improvement is necessary.”
But the results and report are yet to be made public as the rating is currently open to appeal.
Loxford Cllr Mohammad Ahmed, who has been the shop’s lease holder for the last eight years, explained that he contracted two people to manage the shop day-to-day for a six-month trial period.
“I gave out this business on a management contract because there was a shortage of staff where I had to close down,” he said.
“These people approached me and said ‘we will open up the business’.”
He added: “I was out of out the country during the inspection in January.
“I had no idea that there was any negative rating.”
Open seven days a week, Chicken Bites offers fried chicken, curries, pizza, fish and chips, kebabs, burgers, salads and more.
The takeaway’s rating on Google averages at 4.0 from 22 reviews.
Nevertheless, major improvement was deemed necessary in the handling of food, the cleanliness and conditions of the building and the management of food safety after inspection in January.
A full report detailing the hygiene breaches was not immediately available from Redbridge Council.
“The two individuals are responsible for managing the income and that it meets the legal requirements,” added cllr Ahmed.
“They told me at their last inspection they had improved and if they made some more changes they could get a four or five.”
Cllr Ahmed added that Thursday’s (March 15) full council meeting will be his last as he does not intend to stand in May’s local elections.
A council spokeswoman said: “Low ratings are an indication of non-compliance with food hygiene law.
“A premise is not re-rated at a revisit and keeps the low rating until the next programmed inspection.” She added: “The Council is introducing a scheme on 1st April 2018 to enable premises to pay for and request a re-rating following the implementation of recommended improvements.”