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Filthy deli closed down

Published Monday, 23 April 2012

The owners of a mouse infested delicatessen have been ordered to close and instructed to pay costs of £1,294.25 after Environmental Health Officers carried out a unannounced inspection.

Inspectors visiting Gaby's Delicatessen in Fore Street, Edmonton, on 3 April found mice droppings throughout the property dozens of holes where mice and other pests could enter the premises and a lack of hot water for cleaning purposes and hand washing.

The environmental health officers immediately issued an Emergency Health Prohibition Notice, instructing the premises to close and the closure was ratified at Enfield Magistrates Court yesterday (19 April) where magistrates ordered the owners to pay costs.

The deli was allowed to reopen on April 13 when environmental health officers were happy that the failings identified had been addressed.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "It is completely unacceptable for places which sell food to endanger the health of shoppers by failing to take proper precautions and operating filthy and unhygienic premises.

"Enfield Council does not tolerate shop owners who cannot or will not comply with the law, we take a dim view of premises which fail to control pests on their property and we will continue to close down dirty, unhygienic or vermin infested food premises that endanger the health of our residents."

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