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Asda fined £664,000 for filthy bakery after customer ate roll covered in mouse droppings

This is the disgusting scene that forced supermarket giant Asda to close one of its stores for 10 days and pay a £664,000 fine.

A frozen mouse (centre) was found in the entrance to the walk-in freezer Credit: Ealing Council

In a single year, the retailer's own pest controllers visited the store 72 times because of a plague of vermin.

But it was only when customer Mike Draycott, 58, ate cheese rolls from the store covered in "poisonous" mouse droppings that environmental health officers and the chain closed the bakery last September.

Mouse droppings were found on cheese rolls eaten by a customer Credit: Ealing Council

Mouse faeces was found in bags of flour, food packaging, trolleys used for bread and the production area inside the filthy bakery at the Park Royal store in west London.

A frozen mouse was found inside the entrance to the walk-in freezer and traps were left strewn across the floor, Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard.

Members of the public going into Asda trust that the bread they are going to buy will be clean and safe to consume.

You have a bakery with bags of flour with mice droppings in them.

These rolls were absolutely encrusted with mice faeces. Mice urinate 3,000 times a day – these rolls were poisonous.

There was a dead mouse in the doorway to the freezer. It was not concealed or hidden in any way.

– Judge Barbara Wright
Mouse faeces were found inside the bakery of the Asda store Credit: Ealing Council

Defending, Jonathan Goulding said Asda had "genuine regret and remorse".

Asda admitted four charges of breaching the Food Safety Act: failing to keep the premises clean, failing to ensure adequate procedures are in place to control pests, placing unfit food on the market and construction of premises which failed to control pests.

We are truly sorry for the unacceptable conditions found in our Park Royal store in September 2015 and to Mr Draycott for his dreadful experience.

We would like to reassure all our customers that we took immediate action to restore the high standards in the store that our customers expect from us.

– Asda spokesperson

The store has had a new bakery fitted and the ovens were deep cleaned, plus a host of other measures introduced.

The supermarket was fined £664,000 and ordered to pay £500 compensation, costs of £7,599 and a statutory surcharge of £120.