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GFC in Hove is shut down after receiving ‘zero’ hygiene rating

GFC in Hove is shut down after receiving ‘zero’ hygiene rating
Georgia Kolakowski

Golden Fried Chicken (GFC) Kebab House on Church Road has been closed after they were accused of having dead rats and flies on the premises. It’s owner Muharrem Kartal now faces 43 charges of breaching food hygiene laws. The alleged breaches include failing to ensure there were adequate procedures in place to control pests and failing to ensure food production was protected against contamination likely to render food unfit for human consumption. The second allegation comes after it was alleged that unwrapped cheese slices were stored next to raw burgers so a risk of contamination was very high.

In the inspection that look place in November of last week it was further found that the equipment was not effectively cleaned after stalactites of fat were found dripping from all cooking equipment and that chopping boards used to cut the salad had also been used to cut raw chicken. Chairman of magistrates Barney Miller said the bail condition was necessary to prevent further offences in the shop. In the bail hearing Magistrate Miller told Kartal “you must comply with the following condition. If you don’t you could be arrested and brought back to court. You are not to open or trade from Golden Fried Chicken, or to permit any other person to do so from that premises.”

GFC has been operating since 2002 but currently has a food hygiene rating of zero indicating ‘Urgent Improvement Necessary’. They have a 2.5 rating on TripAdvisor with significantly more ‘terrible’ reviews than positive ones, with some particularly horrifying ones coming in about the hygiene of the take-away. One user said they contracted gastroenteritis “within hours I was taken violently ill…I was so ill at one point NHS Direct were recommending I admit myself to hospital”. Another review from 2014 said that there “flies in my food” and further reviews detailed bad staffing, soggy food and illness caused by eating there.

This is not the first time GFC has hit controversy, in 2014 their grill chef was arrested and jailed for ‘brandishing a knife like a machete’. The chef left another colleague with a 15cm cut on his wrist, a cut artery and damaged tendons which he needed 40 stitches to treat. The chicken shop was fined £12,000 after an inspection in 2013 found blood, cobwebs, an active mice infestation and a “terrible smell”. Kartel will reappear in court next month.

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