99p stores fined for food hygiene offences at Camden store
99p Stores has pleaded guilty to four food hygiene offences following a mice infestation at its store in London¬ís Camden High Street.
The retailer was fined a total of £14,000, plus £3,914 costs and a £15 victim surcharge at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court earlier this month.
The offences came to light after a customer called Camden Council's food safety team after spotting mice in the store. The team closed the store immediately as it was regarded as a risk to public health.
Camden's food safety officers found poor levels of food hygiene including a severe mice infestation, chewed packets of dried food and poor standards of cleaning.
This is not the first time the premises have had problems with mice. The store closed voluntarily to deal with a mouse infestation less than a year ago.
The company, who have 140 stores throughout the country, said that they have now put new pest control procedures in place and improved the standards of cleanliness at the premises.
Cllr Sue Vincent, cabinet member for Environment, said: "Camden's food safety team will always work with local food businesses to improve hygiene standards, but these businesses must also have effective food hygiene procedures.
She added: "I hope that the penalties imposed by the court in this case show the consequences of not having good hygiene procedures so that local people and visitors feel confident buying items in Camden's many fantastic food outlets."
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