Business operator gets substantial fine for causing rat infestation

An East Ayrshire food business operator has been fined £2000 after a successful prosecution by East Ayrshire Council’s Environmental Health team.

In 2015, the Environmental Health team received a complaint about a foul smell coming from a locked store attached to Catrine Mini Market. The team investigated the complaint and discovered a severe rat infestation in the shop and in the flats above.

The shop was immediately closed by Environmental Health to protect the wider public from any health risks.

The locked store attached to the shop had been used to accumulate vast amounts of rubbish, including food waste. It also became clear, as the investigation developed, that the former food business operator, Mr Sachin Patel, did not have a waste contract which is a legal requirement under The Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member for Older People and Community Safety said: “The Environmental Health team are to be commended for their quick action to protect the wider community from this rat infestation and for taking strong action against the individual who operated Catrine Mini Market at the time. Mr Patel received a significant fine from the Sheriff which reflects the seriousness of this situation.

“The Environmental Health team inspect all food premises within East Ayrshire. They work with businesses to ensure that food hygiene requirements are met and will act to protect the public from risk.”

Please contact Environmental Health, if you have concerns about a food business or if you need advice about complying with legislation, on 01563 553520.

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