Oh rats! Takeaway's food storage area closed by environmental health officers

Released on August 22, 2016

A takeaway in Didcot has been banned from using its food storage buildings after health inspectors found an infestation of rats. 

Environmental Health Officers from South Oxfordshire District Council visited Delight 2, on Broadway, Didcot, on Tuesday 16 August following a complaint earlier that afternoon from a member of the public. Delight 2 rats

During the inspection officers found live and dead rats, rat faeces and gnawed packaging. As a result, they immediately served a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice to prevent the takeaway from using the food storage buildings. 

On 19 August the District Council applied to Oxford Magistrates’ Court for a Hygiene Emergency Order against Delight 2.  Magistrates agreed that using the buildings would constitute an imminent risk to health and so issued the order, thus confirming the ban on using the food storage area. They also ordered Delight 2 to pay £1,280 in costs to the council for making the application. 

Delight 2 will only be able to use the building again when the district council is satisfied that it has met the requirements outlined in the Order, including work to eliminate all pests and ensuring the building can’t be accessed by pests in the future. It will then no longer be classed as a risk to the public. 

Cllr Tony Harbour, Cabinet member for waste, grounds maintenance, food safety and environmental health at South Oxfordshire District Council, said “Most businesses work hard to provide high food safety standards. Cases like this show that those who fail to do this will face swift and decisive action from our officers to protect the public. In this case a member of the public made a complaint and we were at the premises later that same day to investigate.”