Cockroach infestation and cleanliness force closures at eateries
Cleanliness, food handling issues and a "cockroach infestation" are among the reasons three west Auckland eateries have E grades.
Ranui Chinese European Takeaway, Golden Sun Takeaways in Avondale and Hollywood Bakery on Lincoln Rd were all slapped with the E grade last month by Auckland Council for not meeting required pest and food handling standards.
Mervyn Chetty, environmental health manager at Auckland Council said of the Ranui takeaway shop: "It was given an E grade due to cleanliness and pest issues (a cockroach infestation). It closed immediately, cleaned up, had pest control through, and then reopened the next day."
Chetty said typically, for a premises to be issued an E grade, there will be a combination of pest, cleanliness and food handling issues.
Hollywood Bakery in Henderson had a similar issue as the Ranui takeaways, with a cockroach infestation forcing them to shut their doors for two days in late March.
The bakery had its E grade issued on March 23.
The manager said his premises had been "closed for about a month beforehand", in which time he said the pests moved in.
"We close up for holiday and when we get back we have a few cockroaches," he said.
"We did a pest control and they got rid of the cockroaches."
The owners were first alerted to the problem by a passing customer who spotted the bugs from outside the bakery.
"When it was cleared we called him in the morning and told him," the manager said.
Chetty said E grade premises closed immediately and are usually shut down for 24-to-72 hours.
The majority of eateries in west Auckland have either an A or B grade.
Current west Auckland D gradings as of April 5 2017:
Silverbell Market - 415 Great North Road, Henderson
Seasons Market - 2/16 Godley Road, Green Bay
Bamboo Garden Chinese Takeaway - 82 Titirangi Road, New Lynn
Railside Dairy - 390 Great North Road, Henderson
Pizza Cube - 2 Glendale Road, Glen Eden
Pecks Cottage Bakery - 1 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden
Fruit World - 25 Catherine Street, Henderson
See the full list of west Auckland eateries' gradings here.