Health inspectors shut down a Huddersfield town takeaway after finding evidence of a mouse infestation.
Ghulam’s Grill, which is based in Queensgate Market, was immediately closed last week due to its imminent risk to public health.
It has since re-opened.
Mouse droppings were found underneath the chip fryers and near the doner kebab spit.
She was looking at the structure and cleanliness of the business when she noticed a large amount of droppings.
Ms Stones told the court: “I found some mouse droppings in one corner underneath the chip fryers, there were quite a few droppings there.
“There were droppings in several other areas including a worktop, underneath the microwave and the hot food area.
“We found droppings underneath the reset in the doner kebab spit.
“This indicated that the mice had been running all over the food preparation areas and equipment in the premises.”
The court heard that there was a large build-up of food debris within the takeaway.
The proprietor of the business, Ghulum Sarwar, said that the premises was last cleaned two to three days prior to the inspection.
This indicated that the mouse infestation was “active”, magistrates were told.
Ms Stones added that the rodents had been urinating and defecating in the takeaway and due to the proximity to foods and the lack of cleaning there was an “imminent risk to health”.
As soon as she realised the extent of the problem, she served an improvement notice compelling Mr Sarwar to close the business
Magistrates were yesterday due to hear a council application for a hygiene emergency probation notice to keep it closed.
However, they heard that the issues have now been resolved with poison being put down and pest proofing works carried out.
Magistrates said they were satisfied that there was a health risk at the time the takeaway was closed, meaning that Mr Sarwar cannot make a claim for compensation for loss of earnings during this time.