Filthy Warwick restaurant infested with rodents as owner handed lifetime ban
Rodent droppings were found in a variety of locations,
including near a refrigerator and in the cellar
The owner of a restaurant where rodent infestations put customers health at risk has been banned from running of any food business.
The ban was imposed when the restaurant owner appeared in Crown Court and pleaded guilty to a several breaches of food hygiene and safety regulations.
There was also the charge of failing to comply with an previously issued improvement notice served concerning appalling conditions at the restaurant
The owner was sentenced to a ten months suspended prison term & ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and to pay £500 costs.
The local Council food safety inspectors carried out a routine inspection of the premises & discovered a number of offences – the most serious of which were infestations of both rats and mice, found throughout the premises.
General dirtiness in the kitchen was found, including greasy walls and ceilings, dirty sinks, and holes large enough for pests to get in to the kitchen.
No soap or paper towels were evident in order for staff to wash their hands. Mould growth, leaking sinks, dirty containers & surfaces were also discovered as well as a lack of an effective food management system.
The restaurant re-opened three days later re-opened after pest control & cleaning, but an inspection a short time later found similar problems. After a further inspection where improvements detailed in improvement notices had not been complied with, the prosecution was instigated, the owner having been previously cautioned.
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