Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Finger Lickin' Good" said the cockroach.

An environmental health officer saw a cockroach eating a chip in one of the busiest branches of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Britain, only four months after the chain was warned to improve its hygiene.

When an inspector called at the fast-food outlet in Coventry Street, near Leicester Square in central London, he found the insect on a food dispensing counter near take-away boxes and tongs used to serve chicken. He also found a mouse, flies and dried chicken blood on the floor, and no soap for kitchen staff to wash their hands.

Westminster City Council had given KFC a warning about hygiene failings at the branch four months before, City of Westminster magistrates were was told. Last month, KFC admitted five breaches of hygiene legislation, for which District Judge Howard Riddle yesterday fined it £11,000 and ordered it to pay £7,927 costs. Daniel Astaire, a Westminster councillor, said: "The standards of hygiene at this restaurant were appalling and simply unacceptable."

David Whiting, in mitigation, said KFC took inspections "very seriously" and accepted that it had fallen "below their own high standards and below legal standards". He said the outside contractor employed to deal with pest control had had its hire agreement with KFC terminated across the UK. The Coventry Street outlet, which employs 65 staff, has since had a £600,000 refurbishment.

...Oh! Finger Lickin' Good is the slogan KFC use on their website. What a jolly good laugh this newspaper story has given me! Why do I find this story so funny? Simple, look at the comments made by David Whiting. Do they ring a bell with you? His comments certainly ring a bell with me. "KFC took inspections "very seriously" and accepted that it had fallen "below their own high standards and below legal standards". He said the outside contractor employed to deal with pest control had had its hire agreement with KFC terminated across the UK."

That sounds like the usual bullshit a lot of companies give out. These companies claim that they have high standards and take their business seriously yet they are reluctant to pay for the job to be done properly. All the time they try to cut costs and penny-pinch. When the scandal breaks, suddenly they sack the people who they had in on-the-cheap doing what little the company wanted at a rock-bottom price.

Cockroaches are not fussy, they will go anywhere food scraps are available. If you pay the money and keep places clean, then you will not attract cockroaches. If you take your eye off the game, the cockroaches will come along to play. It does not matter whether you operate a fast food restaurant or a Plaxton Panther coach.
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