Published On: Thu, Oct 23rd, 2014 on 11:15 am

Leeds takeaway closed after rat dropping inspection shock

BFC Leeds Rats

Environmental health officers have taken action to close a Leeds takeaway due to serious concerns about its cleanliness.

BFC, located on Cherry Row, was recently served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice, forcing the business to close.

Earlier this month, an inspection indicated that general hygiene had not improved upon previous inspections and rat droppings were found on surfaces, in equipment and food handling areas as well as food display areas.

The council had been granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order at Leeds Magistrates Court, which means that the takeaway must remain closed until officers are satisfied that the risk to public health has been removed.

Cllr Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities, said: “While we don’t like closing businesses, clearly this business can’t continue to trade whilst there is such risk to public health.

“Environmental health officers are our eyes and ears behind the scenes in kitchens across the city, ensuring businesses comply with food safety legislation and helping them to improve standards. Customers of these businesses can access the results of the officer’s hard work through the food hygiene rating scheme.”

Health officers in Leeds regularly inspect restaurants, takeaways and other eateries to ensure they comply with food safety legislation.

The outcome of these inspections is a rating based on the Food Standard Agency’s national food hygiene rating scheme, which can also be accessed at

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  1. Mike says:

    Nothing better than a few droppings. Woops I meant toppings.

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