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One of the dirtiest supermarkets in the country is in Harlesden

PUBLISHED: 11:56 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:24 13 August 2015

Fine Foods is in Park Parade, Harlesden (Pic credit: Angela Blake)

Fine Foods is in Park Parade, Harlesden (Pic credit: Angela Blake)

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It might be called 'Fine Foods' but according to health inspectors this store in Harlesden is one of the dirtiest in the country.

The other dirtiest supermarkets in the country

Abbey Wood Afro Caribbean Cash & Car, Felixstowe Road, Greenwich, London

Aberavon Supermarket, Victoria Road, Port Talbot, south Wales

Beer Bank, Walsall Road, Walsall, West Midlands

Cheam Food Centre, London Road, North Cheam, Surrey,

Co-op, Evington Road, Leicester

Iqbal Cash & Carry, Mere Lane, Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Pak Supermarket, Birchfield Road, Birmingham

Pound Box, Holme Slack Lane, Preston, Lancashire

Poundland, Corporation Street, Birmingham

Sira Cash & Carry, South Road, Southall, London

Spar, Millstone Lane, Leicester

Tesco Express, Swain’s Lane, Highgate, London

Yours Supermarket, Belgrave Gate, Leicester

The minimart in Park Parade features on a shame list of 14 premises given a zero rating my health inspectors.

The ratings which are handed out by the Food Standards Agency means ‘urgent improvement is necessary’ with the worst stores being closed on the spot until they clean up their act.

Shahid Akram is upset his shop has been named as one of the dirtiest in the country (Pic credit: Nathalie Raffray)Shahid Akram is upset his shop has been named as one of the dirtiest in the country (Pic credit: Nathalie Raffray)

Fine Foods was inspected on March 3.

Stores given a zero-rating are more likely to have had a troubled past involving infestations, a lack of safety measures or unhygienic conditions.

Shahid Akram says his shop is clean (Pic credit: Nathalie Raffray)Shahid Akram says his shop is clean (Pic credit: Nathalie Raffray)

The revelation is a second blow to the cleanliness of Brent after it as named as the 10th borough in the country with the dirtiest restaurants.

Shahid Akram, manager of Fine Foods, said: “It really hurts to say the shop is dirty. There was some mouse activity at the back of the shop but that was in March and we sorted it out.

We were new here, we came in January, and the shop was full of stock left over from the previous owners. After the inspector came we did everything, we cleaned the shop. After that no-one came to check it so we don’t understand why this report comes out now.

He added: “We have got a health and safety certificate. The word dirty is not fair.

“I’m not saying it’s the perfect example but no-one can say this shop is the dirtiest place.”

Visit ratings.food.gov.uk to find a supermarket or restaurant rating.

Related link: Brent has one of the highest numbers of dirty restaurants

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