Rodent infestations can easily damage the reputation of a food establishment. A customer who sees a rodent scurrying on the floor of a restaurant will certainly walk out and never return. Rodents are always attracted to places where there is plenty of food. If you have noticed signs of rodent presence in your premises, call pest control in Brisbane immediately to undertake the necessary extermination processes.
Poundland, a discount retail giant was punished with a huge fine after a 4-year old girl found rodent droppings in a multipack of crisps. According to Get West London report, Poundland plead guilty to 4 food safety offenses and paid a total fine of £159, 750 and council costs amounting to £8,368. The company also paid the customer £150 as compensation.
Last April 27, the little girl together with her mother purchased a large bag of Monster Munch. They discovered holes in the pack with rodent droppings inside. The girl’s mother immediately contacted Ealing’s council’s food safety team to express her concerns. A full investigation was undertaken at the Ealing Broadway store in West London.
The investigation found out that Poundland failed in protecting their product against contamination and ensuring that the premises are clean. The contamination renders the product unfit for human consumption. It was also found out that the establishment lacked proper procedures to control pests. They also failed to ensure good food hygiene practices in the construction of the store. This includes protection against food contamination and proper pest control.
According to Councilor Joanna Camadoo, food safety standards and public safety are very crucial for stores. It is important for the public to have confidence in their hygiene standards. The fine imposed on Poundland must serve as a warning to other businesses whether large or small that they have to comply with food and safety regulations.
Rodents are small and they cannot eat all your stock. However, they can easily contaminate your products because they can gnaw holes on food packages. Their droppings and urine can cause serious diseases. The solution to rodent infestation is very simple; call pest control in Brisbane to manage the infestation with safe and non-toxic products.