Emergency hygiene notice at Hatfield supermarket after rat infestation
PUBLISHED: 16:01 07 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:12 07 February 2019
Welwyn Hatfield Council has issued a Food Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice after a rat infestation was found in the shared service area behind a supermarket.
Following a complaint of sightings of rats and of food being left out behind Euro Supermarket in Hatfield’s Town Centre, inspectors found rat droppings in the shared service area, where high-risk cooked meats were being stored.
Rats had also gnawed their way through a bristle strip under the rear door to the area.
The service area is also used by other businesses, and the council notice has prohibited Euro Supermarket from using it for any food activities, including the long-term storage of food.
The notice was upheld and made into an order at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Monday, January 28.
The business owner did not attend for the hearing.
Full costs to the council were also recovered, to the sum of £1,771.86.
Councillor Fiona Thomson, executive member for public health, said: “We hope that this case sends out a clear message to food businesses in the borough that they must take their food hygiene responsibilities seriously, and that we will always act to protect our residents when their safety is compromised.
“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.”
The Welwyn and Hatfield Times has tried to contact the business.
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