Popular restaurant chain Pizza Hut has been given a food hygiene rating of zero for one of its establishments, after a host of hygiene problems were uncovered in the kitchen.
The Sun has reported on the case of the restaurant in Erith, Kent, which received the low score following an inspection by environmental experts from Bexley Council. They found almost all of the tools involved in the creation of pizzas were dirty, from the vegetable slicer and the food tubs to the oven and fridges and freezers.
It was also found that even the telephone in the branch was of such poor hygiene standards that it was a potential health risk. The inspectors later delivered a zero verdict, when judging the store out of five.
Pizza Hut was also found to have failed to adhere to the latest regulations set out in food hygiene rules. Some of the contributing factors to this at the November 12th inspection included the fact that the temperature setting on the refrigerator was incorrect, meaning ingredients were being held at the wrong temperature.
Dirt was discovered on the walls, floor, ceiling and in the staff toilets, with inspectors ordering staff to launch a clean-up in these areas immediately. Cleaning such parts of the building were a must if the restaurant was to comply with structure requirements.
A spokesman for Pizza Hut said: "This particular outlet was an isolated incident that has subsequently significantly improved. It has since been revisited by an environmental health officer, who was pleased with the hygiene standards now being maintained and the delivery restaurant will be formally reassessed in the coming months.
"Health and safety is of the utmost importance to Pizza Hut and we are committed to maintaining high standards in all our branches."
The restaurant was given 13 points to act upon before another inspection will be carried out, so Pizza Hut may now be working through these in a bid to improve its rating.