Lazeeza Hayat Sweet Centre on Caldmore Road was closed by council environmental health officers earlier this week following the discovery of a rat and mice infestation.
Officers inspected the premises on Tuesday 8 February and immediately served a hygiene emergency prohibition notice on the owners, shutting the business down. Evidence gathered from the premises was presented to the Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 10 February where the order was confirmed.
Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader for Resilient Communities, Walsall Council said “Rats, mice or indeed any pest or vermin being present in a food business is completely unacceptable.”
“Well done to our environmental health officers for investigating this breach and implementing emergency powers to immediately close the business and safeguard public health. The team continues to work hard with businesses in the borough to maintain the high level of hygiene our residents should expect.”
“Business owners have a duty of care to ensure the hygiene and safety of their premises is up to standard and does not pose a risk to the health of their customers.”
The business can only resume trading once the owners undertake pest control and structural measures to secure the property against re-infestation and if the inspecting officers are satisfied that the risk to customers has been removed, with hygiene standards suitably met.
Concerns about a possible pest issue at a business can be raised with the environmental health team by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A hygiene emergency prohibition notice is a legal notice served by a local authority where the is a serious and imminent threat to public health due to unhygienic conditions within a food business. It temporarily closes the business whilst any issues are resolved.