Game, ‘pest’ and match: Wimbledon officials slammed for insect infestation

OFFICIALS at Wimbledon have been criticised for letting pests invade the tennis club.

Health inspectors discovered “a lot of flies” in the cooking area of the tournament competitors’ kitchen.

Their report added: “In the members’ self-service restaurant the chef cooking burgers was using the same tongs to turn raw burgers and remove cooked ones. This creates a risk of cross contamination.”

It continued: “In the LTA president’s suite there was a large joint of seared beef which was running in blood and it was visually obvious the joint had not been seared all the way around.

“The takeaway sushi and vegetable coleslaw sampled were borderline enterobacteriaceae.

That is the family of bacteria which includes potentially deadly bugs including salmonella and E.Coli.The most recent report, filed by Merton Council during last summer’s tournament, also told how some staff were eating out-of-date sandwiches.

It is sure to make surprising reading for the scores of A-list celebrities who flock to the annual summer tournament in southwest London.Among those seen last year were Prince William and his wife Kate, her siblings Pippa and James, and Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton.Also present were football star David Beckham, US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and film stars Gerard Butler and Bradley Cooper.But despite the findings of the health inspection, Wimbledon still managed to score five out of five in the “Scores On The Doors” hygiene scheme.Inspectors also told the All England Lawn Tennis Club, which oversees the annual tournament, that their food safety standards were “excellent.”

The championships are famous for serving guests strawberries and cream, with a portion of the snack costing around £2.50.

A spokesman for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club had not responded to a request for a comment when we went to press.

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