Leyton bakery reopens after hygiene concerns

A bakery shut down after Waltham Forest Council inspectors deemed it “one of the worst run food premises they had ever encountered” is now trading again.

Flour Power Ltd sold bread to businesses out of a warehouse in Leyton for six months before council officers visited on March 17 following a tip-off about hygiene.

Officers found the unit on Argall Avenue was swarming with fruit flies and had mould on the walls and quickly shut it down, taking the owner to court less than a week later.

The bakery has since been allowed to reopen and owner Suleyman Cicek said that the bakery is now “very clean”.

Speaking on June 29, he said: “I have changed everything now, it is very clean and everything is very nice. I have talked to the council.

“Before it was different and we had big problems, I did not like it (either).”

Waltham Forest Council has yet to respond to a request for comment. 

When they visited the premises in March, officers reported dead mice, mouse droppings and moths in the flour, with the only running water coming from one sink in the toilet.

On March 23, Thames Magistrates Court awarded the council full costs of more than £1,000 and granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order.

Flour Power Ltd, which still trades under the name of Cicek’s former company Harvest Bakehouse, was one of three Waltham Forest businesses to appear before the court that week.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter