Published On: Wed, Jul 16th, 2014 on 7:41 pm

Evidence of rat activity was found at Huddersfield noodle bar

88 Noodle Bar

This photo was taken inside a fridge

A Huddersfield noodle bar owner, who was storing food in an area that had evidence of rat activity, has been prosecuted for food safety offences.

The offences related to 88 Noodle Bar on Cross Church Street, whose owner admitted four offences at Kirklees Magistrates Court on 16 July.

Offences included the failure to control pests, the failure to protect food from contamination, the failure to implement an appropriate food safety management system and the failure to comply with the requirements for rooms in which foodstuffs are kept.

Cllr Steve Hall, Kirklees Cabinet member for Environmental Health, said: “These premises were using an outdoor backyard area to store and prepare food and environmental health officers also found evidence of rat activity there.

“Food safety procedures were poor and also included large amounts of food being stored at incorrect temperatures, plus poor cleaning and disinfection.

“Food businesses have a duty to follow strict food hygiene rules to keep the public safe and this latest case shows that prosecutions will follow if this doesn’t happen.”

Magistrates fined the owner £150 plus a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £500.

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