Food warehouse fined over rat plague
PUBLISHED: 15:32 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010
THE owner of a rat-infested food warehouse in Bethnal Green has been fined £1,500 after putting public health. Amin Noor appeared before Thames magistrates for breaching the 2006 Food Hygiene Regulations. Public health officers inspected the premises of Eurovalley (Noor) wholesalers in Cheshire Street, where they found ’a serious rodent infestation,’ magistrates were told.
THE owner of a rat-infested food warehouse in London's East London has been fined £1,500 after putting public health.
Amin Noor appeared before Thames magistrates for breaching the 2006 Food Hygiene Regulations.
Public health officers from Tower Hamlets Council inspected the premises of Eurovalley (Noor) wholesalers at Cheshire Street in Bethnal Green, which supplies the catering trade.
They found "a serious rodent infestation," magistrates were told.
Senior Environmental Health Officer Andrew Ktenas said: "I found a major rat infestation with a huge amount of fresh rat droppings on the floor and shelves."
There were droppings and grease marks created by rats regularly running over surfaces, on tubs of mango chutney, chilli pickle and caustic soda, the court heard.
Rats were feeding on flour. The vermin had tunnelled completely through a pallet of flour.
Several pallets of old poppadoms were found with a 'best before' date of September, 2004, that were being gnawed by the rodents.
Rat holes in the premises allowed easy access to the building.
Pigeons were also roosting in the roof, defecating on food.
Noor claimed neighbouring building work and engineering on the East London Line railway extension nearby had increased rat activity in his warehouse, after the inspectors had called last August.
But the District Judge told him: "It was your responsibility to ensure measures were in place to control pests to make sure you did not have rats in your warehouse."
Noor's company was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £600 costs.
Tower Hamlets council warned afterwards that it would continue prosecuting for public health protection.
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