Food from Hatfield shop found amongst rat droppings
PUBLISHED: 09:22 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:08 23 February 2016
Welwyn Hatfield Council obtained an order to destroy food from a Hatfield shop which was found amongst rat droppings and urine.
The food, which was seized from the shop Pebreya Afro Mix, at number 26, High View, in the Hilltop shopping area, included bags of rice, grain and flour, as well as eggs, powdered potatoes, yams and beans.
St Albans Magistrates Court issued an order on Friday, February 19 for Condemnation of Food, declaring just under a tonne of food unfit for human consumption.
The food, which is owned by Pebrey Company (UK) Ltd, was discovered by the council’s Public Health and Protection team during an inspection. Rat hair and droppings were found throughout the shop, and there were gnaw marks and urine stains over some of the food packaging.
The shop is now closed to the public, but council staff believed there were plans to sell the food on. The food was taken away from the premises and stored before it was condemned to be destroyed.
Pebreya argued that they did plan to clean the food.
Councillor Roger Trigg, Executive Member for Governance and Public Health, said: “The public’s safety is a top priority and we take prompt action to protect residents whose health could be put at risk.
“I hope this shows other retailers that they must take their food hygiene responsibilities seriously, or face the consequences.
“We are available to offer advice to businesses on how to ensure standards are maintained and I would encourage them to get in touch if they have any concerns.”