-An ex-employee has shared "disgusting" pictures of the KFC in St Budeaux, Plymouth, Devon
-He claims there was a 'massive pest problem' in the kitchen
-Former worker said the equipment was left on the floor and there was flour everywhere
A former employee has turned to whistle blowing to expose the branch's "disgusting" levels of hygiene at the restaurant he used to work for. He used to work at KFC's fried chicken restaurant in St. Budeaux, Plymouth, and he claims the kitchen was an absolute mess.
The man, who did not want to be named, has told us he once opened the shop at 6am to find a 'mouse staring back at him'. He has since leaked pictures of the "shocking levels of hygiene", which show mouse droppings and flour all over the area where food is prepared.
The same Plymouth KFC restaurant previously faced similar accusations when a customer filmed a rat in the drive-thru. At the time the branch management insisted the issue is not with the restaurant itself and that the rodent problem was limited to outside of the store only.
The former employee has spoken out: "From the outside it looks clean but when you go behind the surfaces it's a different matter. The standards of cleanliness are so poor. There's a pest problem going on that they can't sort out. Pest control have been in but the mice keep coming back. "
The pictures show flour scattered over the kitchen, what appear to be mouse droppings on sacks of flour and shelving, as well as rubbish over the floors.
He also added: "They are breaking procedure by opening when they know mice are around. Pest control is meant to be called in straight away and the restaurant shouldn't open again until it has been cleared. If mice get into the flour then there is a high chance of contamination. I also saw them around the coffee machine and coffee cups which was worrying."
KFC management has reacted to the leaked pictures and said that "These photos simply don't reflect the state of the restaurant at all. The restaurant has the highest hygiene rating and was inspected just two months ago. We are currently trying to find out when and where these photos were taken." They have also confirmed pest control has been taking extra measures at this branch.