Prosecution success at Walsall Mini Market

Last updated: 08/03/2017 09:15:40

Droppings at mini market The owner of Bucuresti Mini Market, that was closed by environmental health in May last year after finding an extensive mouse infestation, has been ordered to pay £4,477.50.

Mr Hsin of 20a Caldmore Green, Walsall, pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on March 3 at a prosecution hearing following the emergency closure of the premises on health grounds for a mouse infestation in May 2016.

The offences related to:

1. Inadequate procedures were not in place to control pests because mouse droppings were found throughout the premises including near to food items.

2. Construction of the food premises did not permit good food hygiene practices, including pest control

3. The premises were not kept clean and in good condition.

Mr Hsin pleaded guilty to all three offences and each subsequently fined £600. He was also ordered to pay £2,497.50 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £180. Totalling fines and costs to £4477.50.

Walsall Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick, whose portfolio holder includes public protection, said: "Food business operators must carry out regular checks as mice are not always visible but evidence of their activity should be.

“Mice spread diseases such as salmonella and their faeces can contaminate food products thereby placing the public's health at risk if they are present in an area where food is being stored and sold.

"The safety of our residents is paramount and we will always look to take prompt and robust action against those premises that fall outside the required hygiene standards and place the public’s health at risk of harm."