M&B slapped with £114k fine over mice infestation that led to kitchen closure

Mice peer out from a loaf of bread which they hollow out and use the crust to live in, during an attraction for New Year visitors at the Inokashira Park Zoo in suburban Tokyo 06 January 2008, on the last day of Japan's largest holiday. This year is the Year of the Rat, according to the Chinese zodiac.  AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

Mitchells & Butlers has been ordered to pay £114, 528 after evidence of mouse activity was found throughout one of its Birmingham pubs.

The pub and restaurant chain pleaded guilty to three offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations at an earlier hearing in April, Birmingham City Council revealed today.

The firm – which runs 1,700 pubs and restaurants across the UK, was fined £105,000 and ordered to pay £9,528 in costs at Birmingham Crown Court after the incident involving The Railway on Birmingham’s Hill Street.

Birmingham City Council brought the case after environmental health officers who visited The Railway in February 2015 found mouse droppings throughout the premises plus dirty conditions in the bar area and kitchen.

A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was issued on the same day partially closing the food business. The notice led to the temporary closure of the kitchen, but the bar remained open to the public.

When officers returned to the premises two days later, they found improvements had been made and a schedule of works had been completed, so the kitchen was allowed to reopen.

Cllr Barbara Dring, Chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “People should be able to have confidence in the safety of the food served and cleanliness of any food business in Birmingham – regardless of whether it’s a pub or a posh restaurant.

“We want the city’s food businesses to thrive and as such our officers work closely with premises to ensure they achieve the necessary standards required to operate safely.”

The Railway was last inspected in August 2015, when it received a Food Standards Agency rating of 5 (out of 5), its top score.

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