In addition to the stomach-churning dirt, inspectors found several cockroaches in the restaurant’s kitchen. The terrible hygienic conditions were also recorded from which we can easily understand why the pizzeria was shut down with immediate effect.
On Tuesday, the National Food Chain Safety Office (Nébih) carried out an inspection of a pizzeria located on Nefelejcs Street in the seventh district of Budapest. It started as a usual check-up,
however, the seemingly ordinary pizzeria hid ‘dirty secrets’ in the kitchen.
The video below shows well that the frozen seafood and other perishable products were stored in a messy, unhygienic way in dirty refrigerators.
The restaurant’s premises were overcrowded and the equipment was filthy. There were several objects and devices stored next to the ingredients, causing a high risk of contamination.
The freezer, refrigerator, mincers and slicer machines in the meat preparation room were also dirty. There were layers of dirt accumulated around the stove and under the oven in the cooking area, and the cooking hob grills were badly burnt. And the list still goes on.
There were several cockroaches crawling around in the kitchen: on the door of the fridge, on the dishes and utensils in the cooking area and in the storage area next to the sink.
Additionally, the only hand wash basin in the cooking area was clogged, and no hand sanitizer, paper towels and waste bins were available. In the whole unit, the only hygienic place to wash hands was in the guest toilets. Work clothes of the staff were also shabby and dirty – reported the Hungarian news portal Blikk.
Due to the serious food safety risk, the Nébih suspended the operation of the unit and immediately withdrew 9 batches of 82.18 kilograms of untraceable or expired foodstuffs and prohibited their use on the market.
The procedure and the announcement of the financial penalty are still in progress. Once the food hygiene and safety deficiencies are corrected following a positive on-site inspection by the authority, the restaurant will be allowed to continue its operation.
This is not the first time that inspectors face stomach-churning conditions. As we reported in February, a sweets factory in Budapest was inspected and found to have filthy equipment, decaying walls and dirty food. Food was stored on the floor, exposed to the risk of contamination.
In the changing room, intact and broken eggs were stored together uncovered in the cupboard. The containers used to store food were also dirty. The handwashing facilities in the production area could not be used. And, of course, this kitchen was also visited by cockroaches – reported Index.
Source: blikk.hu, index.hu