Shepherds Bush pizza shop fined after cockroaches and mice move in

The operators of a Shepherds Bush pizza take-away have been fined £4,000.

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The take-away was found to have a cockroach and mice infestation

The operators of a Shepherds Bush pizza take-away have been fined £4,000 after cockroaches and mice were discovered in the kitchen.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s environmental health team visited Olivia Pizza in Askew Road on 28 September to investigate a complaint from a customer.

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Cooking oil has built up in the kitchen at Olivia Pizza

What they found was a heavy infestation of cockroaches and other insects – as well as evidence of mice.

Representatives of R&I Food Ltd, who run Olivia Pizza, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 15 November and admitted a charge of failing to ensure the premises was kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition.

“The health and wellbeing of residents is a priority for us, so we will always take swift and decisive action where it is put at risk,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.

“I hope this fine serves as a warning that we will take the strongest possible action to ensure food safety standards are met by traders in our borough.”

The court was told the take-away had been in a very poor condition and that besides the pest control and cleanliness issues, it also needed essential repairs and maintenance.

Following the inspection from H&F’s environmental officers, R&I Ltd agreed to close the food outlet for a deep clean. It reopened two days later and council’s environmental team are monitoring it closely to ensure standards are still being met.

R&I Food Ltd was also ordered to pay H&F Council’s prosecution costs of £2,273 and a £170 victim surcharge.

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Insects were found in the light fittings

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