Senior Consultant, Assurity Consulting
13th June 2017
Environmental Health Officers were called to a branch of Philpotts Ltd in Birmingham City Centre after a customer reported seeing a mouse within the store. On their arrival, mouse droppings were discovered throughout the premises including on a shelf containing bowls and colanders used to prepare food and preparation surfaces. The judge highlighted that Philpotts had been in the process of introducing a new food safety management system however this had not been implemented properly and staff had not been sufficiently trained in food hygiene matters.
A mouse infestation can cause an abundance of food hygiene problems for a catering business as they are known to urinate and defecate on food and food preparation surfaces, as well as cause damage to stored food. I have also noticed that local authority Environmental Health Officers are quick to seek a voluntary closure of any food business where mice appear to be present. Closure of a food business can cause a significant loss of earnings and detrimental damage to their reputation, so it is important that all employees are trained to identify the signs of a mouse infestation and more importantly know what action to take.
If you are concerned about pest control in your premises, why not contact Assurity Consulting for a Food Safety Audit where we can help identify any problems and offer expert solutions.