Walsall food store closed after mouse infestation discovered

Unique Jamaican food store

Environmental health officers visited Unique Jamaican Foods at 34 Caldmore Green and immediately served a sanitation emergency ban notice on owner Shakil Saleem, shutting down the business.

Evidence gathered at the premises was presented at Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where the order was upheld.

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 that our residents are expected to expect.

“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 pest or vermin in a food business 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 risk to the health of their customers.”

The business will only be able to resume operations once the owners have taken pest control and structural measures to protect the property from reinfestation.

Inspection officers will also need to be satisfied that the risk to customers has been eliminated and that hygiene standards are being properly met.

Concerns about a possible pest problem in a business can be reported to Walsall Council’s environmental health team by emailing: [email protected]