Jamaican grocery store in Walsall closed after ‘mouse infestation’ discovered
A Jamaican grocery store has been shut down by environmental health officers after an infestation of mice was discovered on the premises. Unique Jamaican Food Store in Walsall was inspected on Tuesday April 5th.
An emergency restraining notice was put in place against store owner Shakil Saleem Green when officers found evidence of rodents in the Caldmore Green store. This order was upheld by Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today (April 11).
The business can only resume operations once the owners have taken pest control measures and structural measures to protect the property from reinfestation. Inspection officers will need to be satisfied that the risk to customers has been eliminated and that hygiene standards are being properly adhered to.
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David Elrington, Community Safety and Enforcement Officer at Walsall Council, said: “The Environmental Health Team continues to work hard with businesses in the borough to maintain the high standard of hygiene our residents are expected to They have investigated this breach and put in place emergency powers to immediately shut down the business and protect public health.
“The presence of mice or any other pest or vermin in a food store is totally unacceptable. Merchants in the borough have a duty to ensure that the hygiene and safety of their premises comply with standards and do not present a health risk. of their customers.”