Red Rooster has swiftly shut down two stores after disturbing claims of unsanitary chicken cooking practices were shared online.
The fast-food company confirmed the temporary closures of the Waypoint and Forrestfield locations in Perth to 10 daily on Thursday.
The closures followed public outrage over an image posted online of cooked chooks in the back of an open boot at Red Rooster in Forrestfield (Abernethy Rd) in 30°C plus heat.
The image sparked accusations of unsanitary conditions at the location.
Mark Copley, who took the photo, told 10 daily: “The chooks were on rotisserie skewers being brought into the store."
“The boot was lined with cardboard but nothing else. Not wrapped, not refrigerated. The opportunity for cross-contamination is immense, plus the fact food is stored in the danger zone for temperature," he claimed.
In response, Red Rooster said they were closing the two locations until further notice.
“Following concerning matters being brought to our attention through a social media post, Red Rooster has made the decision to temporarily close two restaurants: Waypoint and Forrestfield located in Western Australia," the company said.
“These stores will remain closed while detailed investigations are conducted, required actions are taken and we are satisfied that the operating standards of these locations meet the high expectations of our strict brand standards.”
“As a precaution, all potentially impacted product has been removed and disposed of. All surfaces, equipment and facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitised. Supplier deliveries have been suspended until such time stores are approved to reopen.
"Red Rooster is extremely disappointed by this incident and takes such matters seriously.”
The City of Kalamunda is also investigating the incident.