Azzurri Restaurants has appeared in court after mice droppings were found in the kitchen of a Liverpool branch of Zizzi.
The admitted two breaches of food safety law, under the Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations 2013, at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The company accepted failing to follow procedures designed to keep pests at bay, which led to the discovery of mice droppings in Zizzi’s kitchen and food storage areas.
Azzurri accepted another charge stating that floor surfaces in the kitchen and storage areas of Zizzi were “unclean”, according to the report.
Liverpool City Council agreed to withdraw two additional charges relating to gaps in walls at the restaurant and a charge stating that mice droppings posed a “serious risk of contaminating foodstuffs”, it said.
Azzurri, which also owns ASK Italian and Coco di Mama, will be sentenced on May 2. The Echo said the court has the power to impose an unlimited fine.
Zizzi’s restaurant at the Liverpool ONE shopping complex was visited by officers from the council’s Environmental Health team on Ferbruary 19 last year, three days after next door Latin American restaurant, Las Iguanas, was found to have issues with mice.
The restaurant closed voluntarily at the time and posted a sign on its door stating: “Due to a technical problem this restaurant has now closed. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”
Las Iguanas pleaded guilty to charges relating to mice and cockroach infestations last week, and is due to be sentenced on May 16, according to The Echo.