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Rat Infestation Closes Takeaway

A Reading takeaway's been shut down after an infestation of rats.

A customer at Hot Stuff Tandoori on Oxford Road reported seeing the rodents in the kitchen on October 2nd - inspectors found droppings, gnawing and a strong smell around the customer service area.
On Friday (Oct 13) Reading Magistrates were presented with evidence of the food safety team's findings, which included the photographs you can see on this page.
Hot Stuff cannot open until food safety officers are satisfied the premises are free from rats and there is no imminent risk to health.
Sarah Hacker, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Consumer Services, said, "There is no excuse for these kind of breaches of basic food hygiene. While the majority of food outlets in Reading are responsible, that was clearly not the case here.
"Public safety remains a priority and business owners need to know we will take action where we receive reports.
"The work of the food safety team at Reading is an example of the sort of essential Council work that goes on behind the scenes to protect the public. My congratulations to the team for yet another successful prohibition order."

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