Thu, 11 Oct, 2018Danielle McCarthy

Popular pizza chain closes after disturbing photos leak online

Popular pizza chain closes after disturbing photos leak online

A disgruntled Domino's employee has sparked disgust after sharing a series of photos showing the shocking state of the eatery's hygiene practices. 

The photos taken from the Lismore store in northeastern NSW reveals a huge block of mouldy cheese sitting in a fridge, filthy serving buffets, pale prawns sitting in water and a mop sitting in murky water.

Isaac Wilson, a former employee at the store who claims he was recently forced out, shared the photos on Facebook, sending shockwaves to local customers.

“Hey ladies & gents, so I feel that you all deserve to know how your food is stored & kept in the Lismore Dominos store,” he wrote alongside the shocking photos.

The pizza chain has temporarily closed the store, so it can investigate the abysmal conditions and ensure their “high standards” are being met.

The decision was made after a food and safety team audited the store on Wednesday, one day after the photos were uploaded.

Customers shared their outrage after seeing the photos, demanding that a food hygiene inspection occur.

“The health inspector needs to see this and do an inspection,” wrote one angry customer.

“That meat should be in a fridge at all times or someone could get food poisoning, the fridge should be clean and the dishes ect (sic) should be clean!!

“Seriously the front of the store looks clean but I’m sure the workers won’t eat that food knowing what’s behind there.”

However, former employees defended the store, saying that their experience of working at the franchise was not like this.

“That’s such a shame as I was on the management team at that store … and our cleanliness in that store was A1,” one person wrote.

“All food was dated and always fresh.”

A spokeswoman for Domino’s revealed that the store was temporarily closed to investigate the matter and that customer safety was the company’s highest priority.

“We take matters relating to food safety and hygiene extremely seriously and have strict standards in place to ensure these protocols are adhered to,” she said.

“We are investigating this matter as a priority … and if it fails to meet our high standards the necessary action will be taken.

“We are also working with an independent auditor to do their own assessment so we can be fully confident this store can and is operating to only the highest of food safety standards.”

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