Papa John's worker leaks 'disgusting' pictures from one of its stores

Papa John’s temporarily CLOSES a branch after worker leaks ‘disgusting’ pictures showing mouldy food, rat poison on worktops and piles of rubbish

  • A Papa John’s worker has leaked ‘disgusting’ photographs from a filthy store 
  • Pizza brand has apologised and temporarily closed the Mutley Plain branch
  • Pictures shared by the whistle-blowing former employee show mouldy food, a rat trap on a counter and rubbish piled up in a disused food lift

A Papa John’s worker has leaked ‘disgusting’ photographs from a filthy kitchen at one of the company’s stores – with images showing mouldy food, a rat trap on a counter and rubbish piled up in a disused food lift.

The pizza brand has since apologised and temporarily closed the Mutley Plain branch in Plymouth, pending an official inspection.

Pictures shared by the whistle-blowing former employee – who wishes to remain anonymous – also show mould on the ceiling and mounds of waste on the floor. 

A Papa John’s worker has leaked ‘disgusting’ photographs from a filthy kitchen at one of the company’s stores – with images showing mouldy food (pictured), a rat trap on a counter and rubbish piled up in a disused food lift


The pizza brand has since apologised and temporarily closed the Mutley Plain branch in Plymouth, pending an official inspection. Pictured left, rubbish piled up in a disused food lift, and right, a pigeon in the office

The ex-worker also made claims the hygiene and general cleanliness standards of the branch were ‘absolutely disgusting’.

However a Papa John’s spokesperson has said the ‘examples fall far short of what we require’ and explained they ‘do not represent the store as it is today’.

It now has new management, who have closed the branch pending an inspection by an external audit provider, ‘so that customers can be completely confident that our high standards are being met’.

Management also say previous issues have been ‘addressed’ and have requested an additional visit from an Environmental Health Officer.

The ex-employee claimed to have raised concerns about a flurry of incidents which occurred throughout their time working at the Papa John’s branch, including on one occasion, when they reportedly discovered a ‘Rokill’ rodenticide trap on top of a preparation table, where food was being made.

Although they removed the trap immediately, the whistleblower said this is just one example of the ‘bad practice’ at the branch.

The ex-worker also made claims the hygiene and general cleanliness standards of the branch were ‘absolutely disgusting’. Pictured, rubbish on the floor

Pictures shared by the whistle-blowing former employee – who wishes to remain anonymous – also show mould on the ceiling (pictured) and mounds of waste on the floor

‘I did remove the rat poison personally so it’s not there anymore, but it just shows they have no clue about health and safety in there,’ the former employee said.

The whistleblower noted another instance, when they discovered mouldy cauliflower wings on the ‘make line’, which they claim to have thrown away immediately.   

Rubbish was also often stacked up outside, which the whistleblower alleged was due to the company not paying the bin removal bills.

‘Mouldy food, a broken wonky toilet, piles of rubbish because the company are always late paying their bin removal bills, mould on the ceiling, dirty floors and sinks, it’s absolutely disgusting,’ the former employee said.

‘I’m flabbergasted at how it [was] still able to stay open, I want people to know the truth and the franchise who own the shop don’t deserve people’s hard earned money.’

The ex-employee claimed to have raised concerns about a flurry of incidents which occurred throughout their time working at the Papa John’s branch, including on one occasion, when they reportedly discovered a ‘Rokill’ rodenticide trap (pictured) on top of a preparation table, where food was being made

The former employee said they felt a weight lifted when they stopped working at the store. ‘As soon as I left I was so relieved and happy,’ they said.

A Papa John’s spokesperson confirmed the company identified these challenges when the store was under previous management, and prompt action was taken.

The store now has new management, which the company says has addressed those issues. Management have voluntarily closed the store in the meantime.

A spokesperson said: ‘Food safety and store cleanliness are of the utmost importance to Papa John’s. Clearly, these examples fall far short of what we require, and we apologise. 

‘However, they do not represent the store as it is today. Our own regular inspections identified these challenges when the store was under previous management, and prompt action was taken.’

The spokesperson added: ‘The store now has new management which has addressed those issues, has asked the Environmental Health Officer to inspect the store.

‘And in the meantime has voluntarily closed the store pending an inspection by an external audit provider so that customers can be completely confident that our high standards are being met.’ 

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