A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was used by Reading Borough Council’s food and safety team to close Reading Quality Food and the butchers, Al-Muzammil Halal Meat, within the supermarket.
The shop, at 73-75 Northumberland Avenue, was closed on 7 November. On 18 November Reading Magistrates confirmed the decision.
Reading Borough Council say:
Following a tip off from a tradesman who reported seeing 10-15 rats running throughout the store, Council officers visited the premises and found an array of serious hygiene violations. This included a widespread rat infestation throughout the premises, a substantial hole in the floor that appeared to be as a result of rat damage and a cockroach infestation at the butchers.
The supermarket and butchers will remain closed until Reading Borough Council is satisfied that they comply with food hygiene legislation. Both businesses received only one star (out of five) food hygiene ratings from Reading Borough Council in March this year.
The premises were previously the Northumberland pub and still have a pub sign outside.
- Reading Borough Council press release
- Food Standards Agency hygiene ratings
- Reading Borough Council Food Safety