Dirty walls, mould and wide spread infestation of mice were found at a bakery in Cardiff during an inspection last year.

Allen’s Bakery in the Roath part of the city underwent a routine inspection by the Shared Regulatory Service on October 31st, 2018.

They found widespread mouse droppings on the walls, floor, on wooden pallets and on the outside of flour bags in the store room of the property.

Cardiff Council said It has led to a voluntary agreement to close the business.

Pleading guilty to 15 food hygiene offences at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, John George Allen, 61, from Hillside Court, Penylan, was ordered to pay over £3,000.

Inspectors found ouse droppings on the walls, floor, on wooden pallets and on the outside of flour bags. Credit: Cardiff Council

Historically this business has received poor food hygiene ratings going back as far as 2016, when the food hygiene rating was 2, meaning that ‘improvement was necessary’.

Cardiff Council spokesman

The council said the an un-announced visit took place on October 31 2018 which found widespread mouse droppings in the store room.

It said the investigating officer was satisfied that there was a real risk of contamination to the food that was being produced and the business was closed.

Mice carry fleas, mites and ticks as well as bacteria and viruses that can kill - including Salmonella, E.coli, Cryptosporidium and bacteria that can cause tuberculosis.

Owner John George Allen was ordered to pay over £3,000 for the offences. Credit: Cardiff Council

Mr Allen called a pest control company and was advised that the mice were getting into the storeroom through a damaged skirting board in a cavity wall.

The council said following a further visit on November 6, the officer was still not satisfied with the levels of cleanliness at the business.

Another inspection was completed November 28 2018. They found the structural works to the store room had been completed and the room had been emptied and thoroughly cleaned.

A new food hygiene rating of 3 was given as the business was deemed as ‘generally satisfactory’.

When Mr Allen attended Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on December 5 and entered guilty pleas to 15 offences, he was fined £2,500, ordered to pay costs of £460, as well as a victim surcharge of £120.