Auckland's filthiest restaurants have been revealed again in a revolting list of dirt and disease.
Auckland Council has released its list of the worst of the worst caught during inspections in the past three months between June and August.
The list of shame includes pest infestations, poor cleaning and failings over process control.
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"In general pest infestations are of greatest concern and likely to lead to a poor grade, when they are found in food preparation or food storage areas," Mervyn Chetty, Auckland Council manager environmental health, told Newshub following inspections last year.
"Food outlets should follow their food control plan, which provides information and procedures to ensure regular checks for pests or conditions that may give rise to pests, and take the appropriate action where they find any signs or indications of pests or conditions favourable to pests."
In total, 11 food outlets were given a D-grade and one was given an E-grade. Since their gradings, only one has managed to improve back to an A-grade.
Mehfil Indian Restaurant and Bar in Mission Bay was graded E over cleanliness and pests. Restaurant manager Gursawak Singh told Stuff an inspector found dead cockroaches in a trap, poor cleaning processes and broken glass on the floor.
What do the grades mean?
"A D-grade means that faults that are not a critical risk to food safety were found on the premises and intervention by a food safety officer was required," a council spokesperson says.
"E-grades are issued to businesses with critical food safety risks. When a critical risk to food safety is found, the business will immediately close and will reopen when the critical food safety risk has been addressed.
"For example, if a food business is found to have extensive cockroach infestation, it will not be permitted to reopen, unless the cockroach infestation has been satisfactorily mitigated."
D-graded food outlets
Tasty of Xi An, various night markets (since regraded to A)
Lahori Chaska Limited, 146 Queens Road Panmure
Golden Bakery Northcote, 54 Northcote Road, Northcote
Bikaner Foods Metro Limited, 19/368 Queen Street, Auckland Central
Yumilicious Lunch Bar & Café, 153 Wyllie Road, Papatoetoe (since regraded to A)
Mt Albert BBQ Noodle House, 930 New North Road, Mount Albert
Noodle Canteen - Pakuranga, 10 Aylesbury Street, Pakuranga
Barefoot in the Bay Café, 565-573 Blockhouse Bay Road, Blockhouse Bay
My Kitchen Howick, 119 Meadowland Drive, Howick
Hulucat, 8L Bishop Lenihan Place, East Tamaki
Salt & Pepper, 32 Broadway, Papakura
E-graded food outlets
Mehfil Restaurant, 97 Tamaki Drive Mission Bay