A WIGAN restaurant has been shut down after inspectors found it was infested with rats.
Deliciosa tapas bar and restaurant on Gerard Street in Ashton-in-Makerfield was immediately closed after environmental health officers from Wigan Council found evidence of a rat infestation. The inspectors discovered rat droppings on cooking equipment, including in a tray filled with utensils and an onion which had been gnawed by the rats.
The takeaway was closed on Thursday, May 1, after the officers served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice. The council’s Business Compliance and Improvement Section applied for a Court Order to support the actions of their officers, which magistrates approved on Wednesday, May 7. The business has now been served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order and is prevented from serving food to the public.
Alan Blundell, assistant director of regulation at Wigan Council, said: “Wigan Council’s environmental health officers work closely with the borough’s food businesses to make sure they are serving high quality food in excellent conditions. The vast majority of these businesses have extremely high standards and work hard to make sure they provide their customers with an enjoyable dining experience.
“Unfortunately, our inspectors found this wasn’t the case at Deliciosa tapas bar and restaurant, which is why they immediately served a notice to prevent them from serving food to the public. I am pleased the court has supported our actions.”
Deliciosa tapas bar and restaurant will remain closed while the environmental health officers work with the business to address the issues and improve standards.
If you would like to find out more about the hygiene rates of Wigan Borough food businesses, visit http://kinnear.wigan.gov.uk/foodhygiene/.