Wandsworth High Street Takeaway Closed Due to Rodent Infestation

Diana Fish Bar shut after mouse droppings found in kitchen

The Diana Fish Bar on Wandsworth High Street
The Diana Fish Bar on Wandsworth High Street. Picture: Wandsworth Council

February 27, 2023

A takeaway on Wandsworth High Street has been subject to an emergency closure after hygiene inspectors found evidence of a rodent infestation at the premises.

Diana Fish Bar was deemed to pose an immediate risk to public health and was shut after a court heard it was found to be riddled with mouse droppings.

Magistrates were told that the council team found evidence of a severe mouse infestation during an inspection earlier this month. They found rodent droppings on shelves, chopping boards, cleaning cloths, equipment and flooring.

As a consequence, the takeaway was shut down with immediate effect after the owners were served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice. It was not allowed to reopen until it had undergone a deep clean and steps had been taken to eradicate the mouse infestation.

Mouse droppings found on plates and cups at the Diana Fish Bar
Mouse droppings found on plates and cups at the Diana Fish Bar. Picture: Wandsworth Council

Cabinet Member for Environment Judi Gasser said, “The conditions found by the food inspectors was clearly unacceptable and immediate action had to be taken to safeguard public health.

“It is absolutely vital that the owners and managers of food businesses uphold the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness and take immediate steps to deal with issues that could endanger public safety.

“Proprietors who ignore safety breaches and allow their premises to become dirty or pest-ridden have only themselves to blame for having their business shut down and for attracting the negative publicity that inevitably follows.”

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