Discount food warehouse fined

A discount food warehouse in Bristol has been fined £61,000 for five offences relating to food safety and hygiene.

QC: 'Problem was not addressed quickly enough'

It is a comfort that the court can take from this case there is an awareness and willingness to learn from events that happened here.

Costco is a company of good character.

It has no previous convictions for health and safety and food safety.

This was a local problem."

– David Travers QC, representing Costco.

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Health and safety risk to ready to eat foods

These findings were such that the officers considered that the affected parts of the store constituted an imminent risk to public health.

The presence of such widespread evidence indicated that food, including ready to eat food, was not being adequately protected from the risk of contamination due to physical contact with mice.

Some food packaging which was contaminated by contact with droppings and urine was likely to come into contact with ready to eat foods."

– Prosecutor Iain Macdonald.

Mouse droppings were found in warehouse

Costco in Avonmouth. Credit: ITV News West Country

A discount food warehouse in Bristol has been fined £61,000 for five offences relating to food safety and hygiene.

Environmental health inspectors prosecuted the Avonmouth branch of Costco following the discovery of a large number of mouse droppings in January 2012.

Officers found evidence of rodent damage to food and food packaging, including a high number of to ready-to-eat foods like snack mixes, nuts and crisps.