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The UK's Most Disgusting Fast Food Chains.

Food Standard Agency reveals these shocking discoveries...

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Killer Facts

  • "One in three of the people who get food poisoning caused by listeria die as a result"

  • "Food poisoning cases double during the summer months"

  • "You can get Hepatitis if a food handler doesn't wash their hands after using the bathroom"

  • "Harmful germs spread more easily on damp hands"

  • "Outside the fridge, just 10 invisible germs can multiply to 1000 in 6 hours"

  • "There are about 850,000 cases of food poisoning in the UK every year"

Restaurants are assigned a Food Hygiene Rating from 0 to 5 after being inspected by the FSA. We added up the results of every inspected branch for each brand and divided the result by the amount of branches to give us an average rating for each company. We also noted the worst scoring branches of each brand.

What the following chart shows...

This chart shows the average Food Hygiene Rating for each fast food company. It also shows the absolute lowest score achieved by any branch of each brand.

Most Disgusting Chain: Chicken CottageAverage Score: 3 out of 5

Least Disgusting Chain: Burger KingAverage Score: 4.85 out of 5

Fast Food
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  • Papa John's
  • Wimpy
  • KFC
  • Chicken Cottage
  • Domino's Pizza
  • McDonalds
  • Burger King
Papa John's

Papa John's - Maidenhead

FSA Rating: 1 out of 5

Suspicious Activity on the Premises

The lowest scoring UK branch of Papa John's was found in Maidenhead. The inspecting food safety officer raised particular concerns that there seemed to be a number of men who did not appear connected with the business present in the preparation area without reason to be there or the necessary clean/protective clothing to prevent food contamination.

Main Concerns
  • Staff were not able to tell the office the correct temperature at which food should be stored / cooked
  • Disposable towel was found in contact with some uncovered food
  • Standards of cleanliness were poor throughout the premises
  • Excessive amounts of rubbish accumulated at the rear of the premises (risks attracting vermin)

Wimpy - Welling (Kent)

FSA Rating: 0 out of 5

Same surfaces and utensils used for both raw
and cooked food

The inspecting officer was concerned that surfaces and utensils were being used to prepare raw and cooked, ready to eat food presenting a substantial risk of cross contamination. Open containers of cooked food were also being stored next to raw food presenting a further contamination risk.

Staff were found not to be checking the temperatures of prepared food, and so were unable to identify whether or not it had been cooked for a suitable duration and heated to an acceptable temperature. Also, staff were not wearing suitable and clean over-clothing when preparing food.

Main Concerns
  • Shelf used to store take away cups
  • Bread trays used to store burger buns
  • Plastic bucket used to store lettuce

KFC - Islington

FSA Rating: 0 out of 5

Council unwilling to present information

Islington Council chose not to meet our request to release the report detailing the findings of the inspection which lead to KFC receiving a 0 out of 5 rating in order to protect the integrity of on-going investigations and not to compromise any further legal proceedings.

Islington Council chose not to meet our freedom of information request.

Chicken Cottage

Chicken Cottage - Aylesbury

FSA Rating: 0 out of 5

Serving out of date meat?

The Food Hygiene Inspection Report indicated that Chicken Cottage Aylesbury had numerous failings which attributed to its Food Hygiene Rating of 0.

The first issue identified by the inspecting Environmental Health Officer was the lack of dating on food in the chiller. This meant that the employees of the branch had no way to tell how long meats had been stored in the fridge and consequently had no way to know if the meat they were storing was past its use by date and fit for sale.

Secondly the inspecting officer noted that there was no soap at the hand wash area, raising serious concerns that employees may have been handling food that would be sold to customers, without having washed their hands. This represents a serious health risk and could easily lead to the spread of harmful germs and bacteria into food which is being sold.

Main Concerns
  • Containers in chiller needed major cleaning
  • Wheelie bins outside were overflowing (risking the attraction of vermin)
  • Staff were not wearing protective / clean clothes in the food preparation area
  • Shelves were necessary in the chiller to stop food containers being stored on the floor
  • The kitchen was in a poor state of all round cleanliness
Domino's Pizza

Domino's Pizza - London

FSA Rating: 0 out of 5

Mouse droppings on cooking equipment, serving equipment and on shelves

The lowest performing branch of take-away pizza chain 'Domino's' was located in London and had some particularly notable failings when the food safety officer for the area visited at the end of April 2013.

The officer located a significant amount of mouse droppings on the premises including on shelves, surfaces and under equipment. Not only were the droppings a serious health risk themselves but they also indicated the presence of vermin on the premises.

The officer also noted that the standard of cleanliness throughout the facility was poor and that there was evidence that regular cleaning of the premises was not being carried out, including the failure to recognise and remove of the mice droppings. The inspector was forced to instruct staff members on the proper way to clean and sterilise surfaces as they were not able to do so.

A staff member was also found sleeping on the premises on the food packaging posing a seriously worrying hygiene risk in clear violation of health regulations.


McDonalds - Leicester

FSA Rating: 2 out of 5

Mouldy equipment

A number of issues attributed to McDonalds in Leicester receiving a food hygiene rating of 2 out of 5, including a number of structuring issues. The inspecting food safety officer specifically mentioned the appearance of mould in the sealant at the back of both the hand washing trough and the equipment sink, and holes in the wall of the boiler room which could lead to pest problems.

On the date of their visit, the inspector also found that the branch was without hot water having experienced a failure with their boiler. This fault had not been properly recorded when it occurred during the night shift and as a result of this failure to make note of the problem, the current shift manager was unaware of the issue.

Main Concerns
  • Dirty interior surfaces of upright freezer
  • Electric fly killer not working
  • Open food (cheese slices) left touching dirty, greasy cable
  • Food in packet left open in chiller (cheese slices) had gone dry and discoloured
  • Inspector witnessed no hand washing by staff during observed period (7:50 am – 9:00 am)
Burger King

Burger King - Brent Cross Shopping Centre (London)

FSA Rating: 2 out of 5

Rodents found on premises

On the 8th of July a visiting food safety inspector recommended some structural repairs and improvements at the Burger King in Brent Cross Shopping Station in order to lessen the risk of pest issues. However, when a mouse was caught on the premises during the evening of July 17th the inspector noted that the recommended alteration remained outstanding.

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