In August 2016, Poundland was fined over £33,000 after inspectors found rodent droppings and food containers soaked in urine at a branch in Luton. Subsequent to allegations of mouse droppings and other rodent activity, Luton Council’s food safety team visited the store at Luton Retail Park and found poor standards of housekeeping and problems with […]
When you save money, rodents can live better
Who would have thought that Asda, motto Save money. Live better, would allow one of their distributors to store food in an environment where rodents are running riot. And flies too. Maybe they intended to save money on pest control and it cost them dearly. Well, that was the findings by food safety inspectors after […]
You don’t want mouse droppings for toppings on your pizza
We love pizza as much as the next person and often choose our own toppings but we like a choice of healthy ingredients – mouse is not included in the list. Unfortunately a fast food pizza place didn’t share the same philosophy which cost them over £7,500. Two days business takings for some companies can […]
When does 99p equal £240,000?
Some things don’t just don’t add up. Like how many 99ps in £240,000. Because if you knew the answer to that, you might be able to smell the rat that’s going to cost you a quarter of a million pounds (near enough). Ok, so the 99p is a 99p shop and the £240K is made […]
Landlords must protect their tenants from pests
A council gave a landlord sufficient warning about an uncapped sewer that allowed rats to lodge at the property as well as dangerous wiring. After doing nothing, the council acted and fined the landlord £14,000. The council in question (Wolverhampton), as most councils do, wanted to ensure that the safety of residents is upheld and […]
Rats in the kitchen could lead to your UB40
Although the unemployment benefit form UB40 has changed, if you allow a bad enough rat infestation in your kitchen, you may get fined a very large amount that may adversely affect your livelihood. Take a look at the news item about a hotel in Hampshire that was fined a wopping £20,000 after preparing food in […]
A better class of cockroach
Depending what news you read, pests are never out of the news. Now the BBC has written a magazine article on their website about cockroaches – painting them as less than the scourge that they are – to us anyway. If you found us, you’re probably interested in getting rid of cockroaches, not praising them. […]
Cockroach flavoured ice cream anyone?
The ice cream didn’t cost the customers £3,000 – it cost the owners of a buffet restaurant that in fines. Or to be more accurate, it cost the owners because they allowed cockroaches to stroll amongst the frozen dessert. It’s not easy to say how much business was lost as a result of the infestation […]
Rat infestation pushes up the cost of a loaf of bread
The owners of a local convenience store in Hampshire were fined more than £35,000 for rat infested premises. There were very poor pest control records which indicated a continuing problem which was repeatedly ignored. The shop was closed for a preliminary 2 day period but was closed on a lengthy basis for more than 6 […]
How fine is a takeaway infested with insects?
When Ealing Council’s food safety inspectors did a routine inspeaction, they were shocked to find a takeaway infested with cockroaches. With such an infestation, they were found everywhere including behind the oven, on shelves, in a food store room, in a plug socket and even in the wash up area. Read more about the takeaway […]