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The grease-encrusted Chinese takeaway which was full of dead insects; The North Shields takeaway was given a zero-star food hygiene score last year - now the full scale of its filthy conditions have been revealed.

Byline: Ian Johnson

Staff at a dirty takeaway didn't remove dead insects from its filthy kitchen.

Onions were even kept on Prawn Cracker's grubby floors.

Bosses boast it is one of "the most acclaimedChinese takeawaysinNorth Shields".

But they were served up a zero-starfood hygiene ratinglast November.

And that inspection laid bare the "poor" conditions inside the Rudyerd Street venue, whichNorth Tyneside Councilordered be completely disinfected.

"The standard of cleaning to the structure of the food rooms including the work surfaces was generally poor," states the North Tyneside Council report, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.

"The floor in the kitchen was not kept clean in that food debris and dirt has accumulated at floor/wall junctions, under worktops and behind or below equipment.

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"The electrical plugs, leads and fittings throughout the kitchen were encrusted with grease.

"The seals of the large chest freezer in the kitchen were covered in black mould.

"The electric insect killer in the kitchen was full of dead insects."

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The November 9 inspection also found staff were risking cross contamination and that "a thorough deep clean and disinfection" was required.

ChronicleLivecontacted the takeaway, which claims to offer "traditional Chinese food straight to your door".

Staff said the manager wasn't there, and management only "pop in from time to time".

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However,North TynesideCouncil handed bosses a 20-point checklist of suggested improvements following the inspection.

And the authority told the takeaway it could be re-inspected, although it would cost [pounds sterling]160.

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