Caution: these pictures will put you off your dinner
Food inspectors were left horrified by the state of a "tasty" fried chicken shop, after they discovered putrid stains and congealed excrement smeared on the walls and floor.
Tasty Chicken 'n' Pizza in Walthamstow was said to have displayed "the worst" conditions seen by local councillors, with rodents found nibbling on discarded crisps while their droppings adorned food preparation areas.
Cleaning equipment was soiled
Raw chicken juices were puddled across cutting boards, dripping dangerously into other food products.
Animal and human excrement was found across walls and floors
Soap could not be found anywhere on the premises, while the magnetic knife holder was found covered in thick, filthy grease.
Cutting boards were covered in raw chicken juice
Tasty's owners were given a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order, dished out when there is an imminent threat to safety.
Local Waltham Forest councillor Clyde Loakes said: “This is certainly the worst I’ve seen in years and years.
"We have had closed it down and there are some serious conversations to be had with the proprietors - it really is pretty disgusting.
"How on Earth does anyone think they should serve food in these conditions? They are simply in the wrong business.”
Automatic soap dispensers reduce the spread of contamination (instead of touching the pump)
Clean and disinfect food preparation areas prior to contact with food and immediately after contact with any raw food like poultry, meat, fish, eggs and yes, fresh veggies.
Wash hands thoroughly using soap and hot water, and use a clean towel after each stage of food preparation. Simply rinsing hands under the faucet isn't good enough.
Kitchen towels, cleaning cloths and sponges used after handling raw meat, poultry, and vegetables, should be disinfected, washed in a hot wash (greater than 60 degrees Celsius) or disposed after use.
Refrigerators and sinks are at a high risk of contamination and should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Always cook all poultry, pork, and ground beef thoroughly above 75 degrees Celsius when using them raw.
Don't leave a plate of cooked food sitting at room temperature for longer than two hours.
Cut meat and vegetables with separate knives and use different cutting boards.
Soak, scrape, brush, scald, or wash all fruit, salad and vegetables.
Don't wash raw meats near the sink or stove before you start cooking. High temperatures should be able to destroy harmful bacteria in raw meats while you're cooking.