A convenience store was served an immediate closure notice after environmental health inspectors discovered eight dead mice.
The discovery at One Stop in Ribbleton Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston, happened during a routine food hygiene inspection. An environmental health officer found eight dead mice under aisles in the shop, a bag of crisps that had been gnawed at and mouse droppings.
The shop was served with a hygiene emergency prohibition notice following the discovery last Monday which closed the shop with immediate effect.
When officers returned on Tuesday they were satisfied that work to clean the shop has been carried out and the shop was allowed to reopen.
Following the closure notice a hearing took place at Preston Magistrates’ Court to make sure the actions of the environmental health officer were correct.
The court heard what was found during the inspection, including the presentation of photographs. The company, One Stop Stores Ltd, was ordered to pay £400 - £205 for the application to hear the case and £195 legal fees.
Cabinet member for planning and regulation, Coun John Swindells, said: “Food safety is of paramount importance to the council for the wellbeing of the public. Hygiene emergency prohibition notices exist for those premises who put food safety at risk. The environmental health officer in this case acted swiftly and correctly on discovering the risk. However, I would also like to thank the owners of the premises for their co-operation and action in remedying the situation.”
A One Stop spokesperson said: “We take the cleanliness of our stores and the safety of our customers extremely seriously, so were concerned to hear of the issue at our Ribbleton Lane store. We have taken swift action to deal with the issue, ensuring the store opened again as quickly as possible. We have launched a full investigation into how this could have happened.”