Mouse droppings found all over equipment

A Birmingham wedding caterer has been hauled in front of the courts after food inspectors found kitchen equipment and surfaces “littered” with mouse droppings and other dirt.

Council officers visiting Glorious Catering & Restaurants in Aston for a routine hygiene inspection said that a fly even flew out of the microwave while they were there.

The Birmingham Mail reported that Chris Howrie, prosecuting on behalf of Birmingham City Council, said officers identified large numbers of mouse droppings, including on dinner plates stacked ready for service, on a sack of rice and next to a raw onion.

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“Surfaces and equipment throughout the premises were littered with mouse droppings, grease, food debris and dirt,” he said.

“There were dead flies on shelves and one fly even flew out of the microwave when it was opened. Some of the saucepans were covered in dried food, which indicated the premises had not been cleaned for weeks, if not several months,” he added.

The paper reported that Serena Joshi, defending, said the firm served Nigerian food to weddings and parties of up to 200 people, but due to family issues owner Azeezat Egbeleye had not been able to give her full attention to the hygiene levels of the business at the time.

Birmingham Magistrates Court fined the company £1,000 and ordered it to pay almost £1,400 court costs, as well as a £15 victim surcharge.

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