Illegal UK chicken factory shut down by inspectors for stomach-churning hygiene

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The disgusting conditions inside an illegal UK chicken factory including blocked drains and a disconnected wash basin have been exposed following an environmental health inspection.

But after being ordered to stop trading immediately the factory decided to carry on working, leading to the company and its owner now being forced to hand over £8,700.

Shocked environmental health officers discovered filthy rotting walls, blocked and damaged drains and even a disconnected sink in the chicken cutting room, Manchester Evening News reports.

Boola Halal Limited, situated in Oldham, was operating without the permission of the Food Standards Agency.

The illegal factory, which supplies chicken to takeaways and restaurants, had several damaged walls inside the walk-in chiller which allowed the internal insulation to be exposed.

A refuse area in the factory was also dirty next to a blocked drain that was causing water to back up.

The company, who is now trading as Singlemorn UK Limited, was slammed with a remedial action notice which required it to stop operating immediately.

But the business decided to ignore the order and carried on working which led to their director, Sajjad Hussain, 32, to plead guilty to four charges under Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.

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The company was ordered to pay £8,738 in fines, costs and victim surcharges.

Emma Barton, Oldham council's executive director for place and economic growth, said: "Food hygiene regulations are in in place for a reason – to protect members of the public and to ensure high standards are maintained.

"Businesses must operate within these laws. Our staff will continue to visit premises and take action against those who break the law."

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Online commenters have been reacting to the shocking conditions the factory were operating in, with some calling for stronger punishments.

"Disgusting, filthy places need closing down and the owners need to be banned from operating anything like this ever again," said one person.

A second wrote: "Home cooking is better."

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