Fast-food chain KFC has been given a record fine of £24,000 for hygiene offences that led environmental health officers to brand one of its restaurants "filthy".
Bridgend County Borough Council took the fried chicken chain to court after two inspections of its Hernston Business Park branch found the restaurant in a poor state of cleanliness. In court, KFC pleaded guilty to 12 charges, six on each inspection.
Offences included dirty floors and equipment as well as staff wearing dirty aprons and not washing their hands, handling raw and cooked chicken at the same time, and not having access to hot water.
A spokesman for KFC said: "Health and hygiene are of the utmost importance to KFC and, whilst we accept that there were issues with our Bridgend branch, we have been working closely with the local environmental health officers to resolve them."
Separately, a McDonald's customer is claiming £352,000 damages from the fast-food giant after allegedly contracting salmonella from eating chicken nuggets.
Gerry Price claims the food poisoning left him with Reiter's syndrome, which eventually forced him to give us his job. Due to a confidentiality agreement, McDonald's could not comment on the case, which continues at Liverpool County Court.
By Kerstin Kühn