A Wirral takeaway was ordered to close temporarily after evidence of “widespread mouse activity” was found inside its dirty premises.
Pizza Nite on Old Chester Road, Rock Ferry, was shut down last week after an inspection by environmental health officers from Wirral Council.
Officers used emergency powers to close it down and said there was “widespread mouse activity and “unacceptable” standards of cleaning.
Pizza Nite was allowed to re-open on Friday after further visits from environmental health officers throughout the week to confirm conditions had improved.
Today Wirral Magistrates Court granted a declaration confirming officers were right to close the takeaway.
The council told magistrates that officers used emergency powers to close the business and protect the public.
A council spokesman said: “Officers from Wirral Council’s Environmental Health team visited Pizza Nite, 580 Old Chester Road, Rock Ferry on the evening of November 30 2015 and found evidence of poor conditions including widespread mouse activity and unacceptable standards of cleaning.
“The officers issued a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice to close the premises immediately.
“Officers made further visits throughout the week until they were satisfied that steps had been taken to improve conditions and subsequently allowed the business to reopen as of Friday, December 4.
“Today the court granted a declaration confirming the officers’ actions were fully justified in serving a Hygiene Emergency prohibition Notice and awarded full costs to the Council.
“Investigations into the matter are continuing and officers are working closely with the business to ensure that standards are maintained and the public are protected.”
The ECHO contacted Pizza Nite for a comment and was told a manager would return our call.
According to the Food Standards Agency’s website, the takeaway was awarded a food hygiene rating of 4 – good – at its last inspection in March 2014.
CREDIT: Liverpool Echo