Walsall takeaway Dixy Chicken on Bradford Street in the town centre was closed by council environmental health officers last week following the discovery of a widespread and active rat infestation.
Officers inspected the premises on Wednesday 11 August and served a hygiene emergency prohibition notice on the owners, shutting the business down until work to bring the premises and hygiene practices up to a satisfactory standard was undertaken and health risk removed. Evidence gathered from the premises was presented to the Magistrates’ Court who confirmed the order.
Councillor Garry Perry, portfolio holder for regulatory services at Walsall Council, said: “Businesses 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.
“Rats and mice in any food business is completely unacceptable — this is among the most basic standards customers should be able to expect.
“Well done to our officers who detected this significant breach and rightly executed emergency powers to immediately close the business and safeguard public health.”
The business resumed trading on Monday 16 August after the owners undertook pest control and structural measures to secure the property against reinfestation and inspecting officers were satisfied that the risk to customers had been removed.