Media release - issued 01 Sep 2017

Pest infestations cause two Aldershot food businesses to close

Two food businesses in Aldershot have been cautioned by Rushmoor Borough Council after pest infestations forced their closure.

Momo Station in Aldershot - infestation Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowThe restaurant, Momo Station in Station Road closed voluntarily for immediate improvement work after an inspection by the council's Environmental Health Officers on 3 July found a storage building at the back of the premises was infested with rats. They also discovered low-level cockroach activity in the kitchen, which was in a dirty condition. These issues posed a risk to food safety.

Following the improvement work, the business was allowed to re-open within a week.

Momo Station in Aldershot - dirty conditions Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowEnvironmental Health Officer Julie Burke, the investigating officer, said "Where standards of food hygiene are found to be below acceptable levels, we will take immediate and appropriate action to make sure food is safe and customers are not put at risk.  Owners of food businesses have a duty to carry out basic checks for pests and to take effective action where they find problems. They should not rely on our visits to discover they have an infestation or that an area needs to be cleaned."

Mr Amit Gurung, Director, accepted the caution for four food safety offences on 30 August 2017. He said: "I acknowledge the problem and have fixed the problem straight away.  Since the incident, we are working very closely with the pest control company and Environmental Health. Hygiene is the number one priority for my business.  I can assure you that this will not happen again in the future."

Buddha Convenience Store in Aldershot  - rodent infestation Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowIn a similar inspection on 7 June 2017, the owners of Buddha Convenience Store also in Station Road, Aldershot closed to carry out improvements when Environmental Health Officers discovered a rodent infestation in their shop. Following improvements to the pest proofing of the premises, the store was able to re-open a few days later.

Principal Food Safety Officer Oliver Robinson, who investigated the case, said: "It is not acceptable for shops serving food to have rodents in their premises - adequate proofing and procedures should be in place to ensure effective pest control. Where problems are found, we will take swift action to ensure food safety."

Mr Sushil Gurung, Director, accepted the caution for three food safety offences on 31 August 2017. He said: "We had measures in place, however, they were inadequate.  With the assistance of Oliver and Julie, we have made improvements on our short comings and going forward we are confident these offences will not be repeated."

Councillor Ken Muschamp, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Business, Safety and Regulation, said: "These cases show that the council is committed to protecting the public and that it is unacceptable for food businesses to disregard their duty to protect the safety of food for their customers.  I fully support our officers who are doing a great job as they continue to carry out extensive investigations to establish the sources of infestations such as these." 

"To make an informed decision where you shop or eat out you can check the rating of your local food shop or favourite take away at on the  Food Standards Agency's food hygiene ratings website."

 
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