Customer found mouse droppings in fish and chips

A mouse infestation was discovered at a Birmingham takeaway after a customer found droppings – in their fish and chips.

The chippy has been fined more than £1,000 after mouse droppings were found throughout the premises, including on food preparation surfaces.

The Classic Fish Bar in High Street, Erdington was forced to shut when environmental health officers discovered a serious mice infestation in December 2014.

Inspectors visited the takeaway following a tip-off from a customer, who found a mouse dropping in their food.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard that droppings were found in food storage areas, as well as on food preparation surfaces

The takeaway, which also sells kebabs, remained closed for three days until a second inspection found there was no longer an immediate risk to the public.

Owner Hamid Faqiri, 34, admitted he was aware of the mice in the premises prior to the initial inspection.

He said he was “very sorry” for failing to ensure adequate procedures were in place to prevent the infestation and that he would be “careful in the future”.

He was fined £535 and ordered to pay costs of £500, as well as a victim surcharge of £53.

A further inspection last June found improvements had been made at the fish bar, but that there was still work to be done.

The takeaway was given a food hygiene rating of two out of five.

A mouse eating bread in a bakery. Showing us that Pest control would be required