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High Street supermarket and butchers closed over mice infestation

UPDATE: Friday, January 17, 4.40pm: 

The shop has been allowed to re-open following a visit from Slough Borough Council's food safety team. 

Officers re-visited the site today (Friday) and found it no longer posed an imminent risk to the public.

An update on the council's website states: "Improvements have been made at the premises, including extensive cleaning, disposal of some food, proofing and pest control visits and baiting."

Advice has also been given to the business on preventing a recurrence. 

The council is still required to attend Slough Magistrates' Court on Monday to seek endorsement of the Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice into an Order.

A supermarket and butchers has been shut down after an infestation of mice was discovered.

Slough Borough Council’s food safety team visited Slough Store and Halal Meat and found the infestation on Wednesday.

The situation was deemed an imminent risk to public health and the owners of the shop, at 267 High Street, were immediately served with a Food Hygiene Prohibition Notice and told to close to customers.

The food safety team will present evidence at Slough Magistrates’ Court on Monday to seek confirmation of the council’s actions and to obtain a Food Hygiene Prohibition Order.

The premises will remain closed until the health risk condition is assessed as no longer existing.

Cllr Pavitar K Mann, cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: “Prohibitions are only made in the most serious of cases.

“It is disappointing that the food business operator did not close the premises themselves when they realised the infestation was out of control, and therefore could have put their customers health at risk.

“The food and safety team are working to support the business to eradicate the health risk as soon as possible.”

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