Burger King At The Bullring Fined £12K For Mice Infestation

7 January 2016, 19:35 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

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The people who run the Burger King in the Bullring have been fined more than £12,000 after mice droppings were found there.

Caspian Food Services Ltd in Surrey who manage it admitted breaking food hygiene laws.

The fast food restaurant was closed for two days last year after food inspectors found the mouse dropping where they prepare the food.

The restaurant was closed on 2nd February 2015 after inspectors say there was "deemed to be an imminent risk to public health."

When they went back to Burger King on 4 February 2015 pest control work had been done and it was allowed to reopen.

Birmingham City Council say another planned, unannounced inspection was carried out on 30 June 2015 and they were given a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 (the maximum score), which rates the premises as very good.

Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the city council?s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: "Officers inspecting Burger King, in the Bullring, on 2 February 2015 found mouse droppings in food preparation and storage areas as well as inadequate cleaning and food at risk of contamination.

"High risk and ready-to-eat foods were processed and cooked in areas which were dirty and where mouse droppings were found, and therefore were at risk from being contaminated.

"While Caspian Food Services Ltd managed to rectify the issues identified by our officers - and has since achieved the top food hygiene rating of 5 - this shows that even the most reputable or popular restaurants can have sub-standard practices.

"All food businesses in Birmingham are included in a regular inspection programme which is designed to ensure they all operate to a good standard, and firms that don?t comply with these strict standards will be prosecuted."