Shop closed down due to mice infestation
Published on Wednesday 3rd October 2012
A Rugeley shop has been closed down by Cannock Chase Council after an infestation of mice was discovered during a routine food hygiene inspection.
The owner of West End Wines in Anson Street, Lawrence Duckhouse, was served with a 'hygiene emergency prohibition notice' on Monday 1st October after environmental health officers discovered mouse droppings throughout the premises.
The shop was closed by officers as it presented an imminent risk to public health and will remain closed until the infestation is cleared. Officers are currently advising the business on the measures required to ensure there is no further risk to customers. Evidence gathered from the premises will now be presented to Cannock magistrates on Thursday 4th October.
Cllr Muriel Davis, Cannock Chase Council Health and Wellbeing Leader, said: "The Council's environmental health service inspects hundreds of food premises across the District each year. It is unusual for us to find hygiene problems like these but when we do we will always take steps to protect the public. I would urge any food business operator who thinks they may have a problem to contact the Council for free advice - we would always prefer to work with businesses rather than take enforcement action."
Cannock Chase Council inspects food businesses across the District, with inspection reports and a rating published at http://www.ratemyplace.org.uk/, which has been helping residents for the last six years to find out whether food businesses across the District have good hygiene standards.
Free business advice on food safety and health and safety matters is always available from the environmental health business support team on 01543 464689.