Prosecuted food warehouse back in court

A food warehouse in Croft, which was prosecuted last month due to a rat infestation, has appeared in court for a second time.

Squirrel, rat and mouse droppings were found in the premises of Yum Yum, in Winstone Avenue, Croft, on the stock and throughout the site.

Leicester Magistrates Court granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order, which has closed the premises on the grounds it presented an imminent risk to health.

The order prevents Yum Yum from operating as a food business until the Council is satisfied a health condition no longer exists and the Council allows it to reopen.

Environmental Health officers visited the food warehouse on Wednesday 20 February 2013 after finding out it had a new owner and had failed to register with the Council as a food business.

Ella Wheeldon, Environmental Health Team Leader at Blaby District Council, said:

“Yum Yum continues to struggle with its hygiene conditions and getting the prohibition order was essential due to the premises presenting an imminent risk to health. The warehouse will not be allowed to reopen until we are satisfied it no longer poses such a risk.”

Mr Simon Hawker, who took over the business in October 2012, has been ordered to pay £1,000 in legal costs.

Work is still going on at warehouse to look at improvements needed before it can reopen, and Mr Hawker stated in court he is proposing to move to more suitable premises.

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The warehouse was prosecuted for rat infestation in February

» Read February news item here

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