Pizza takeaway fined £35k after rotting rat found in kitchen

Uno takeaway on Chapel Street, Prescot
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A pizza takeaway was shut down immediately after inspectors found a rat rotting in the kitchen.

A damning inspection report by Environmental Health Officers from Knowsley Council found a series of shocking hygiene breaches including the discovery of rat droppings in pizza boxes, gaps and holes allowing rodents to enter freely and decaying food behind fridges.

As a result of the inspection report, Knowsley Council has successfully prosecuted Uno Pizza Ltd which operated on Chapel Street in Prescot. The local authority had previously ordered the business to close with immediate effect.

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The assessments made by the Environmental Health Officers found the business had failed to conduct daily checks for pests in the premises and didn't heed warnings from council officials and the company’s own pest control contractor.

Dead rat found in kitchen of Uno Pizza
Dead rat found in kitchen of Uno Pizza -Credit:Knowsley Council

The court found Uno Pizza was highly culpable for the offences, having previously received legal notices for breaching food hygiene regulations in the past. The takeaway was found guilty of three charges of breaching the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013 following a routine inspection in March last year.

Uno Pizza was fined £11,000 on each of three charges of breaching food hygiene regulations by failing to keep the premises clean, failing to put in place adequate procedures to control pests, and failing to provide adequate facilities for staff to wash their hands.

Uno was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £2,000 and Knowsley Council’s costs of £942.81, making a total penalty of £35,942.81.

Uno Pizza received a four star hygiene rating during an inspection on September 12, 2023 and is currently open for business.

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