One Tesco Express store in Highgate, London, had to be temporarily closed due to a rodent infestation, whilst a Poundland store in Birmingham was also found to have an 'imminent risk' from a problem with mice.
A spokesman for Poundland commented on the incident, which happened in February, stating: 'The company’s primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of its customers and it has reacted swiftly to resolve the situation. The store remains open for business for non-food items.' Inspectors gave Poundland the go-ahead to return food to the shelves three days later once requirements were met.
During inspections, food retailers are given a rating between a zero and a five. Anything below a two means that the establishment is not meeting the expected standards, whilst a zero means that urgent action needs to be taken, and can even result in a shop being closed on the spot until improvements are made.
Britain's 14 filthiest supermarketsYours Supermarket, Belgrave Gate, Leicester
Spar, Millstone Lane, Leicester
Co-op, Evington Road, Leicester
Pound Box, Holme Slack Lane, Preston, Lancashire
Iqbal Cash & Carry, Mere Lane, Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Pak Supermarket, Birchfield Road, Birmingham
Poundland, Corporation Street, Birmingham
Beer Bank, Walsall Road, Walsall, West Midlands
Fine Foods, Park Parade, Harlesden, London
Sira Cash & Carry, South Road, Southall, London
Tesco Express, Swain's Lane, Highgate, London
Abbey Wood Afro Caribbean Cash & Car, Felixstowe Road, Willesden, London
Cheam Food Centre, London Road, North Cheam, Surrey
Aberavon Supermarket, Victoria Road, Port Talbot, South Wales
The full list of results, which detailed 11,440 shops that had been tested by local inspectors, showed that:
7 of Tesco's 1,897 tested stores weren't up to standard
6 of Asda's 477 tested stores were also below the minimum requirements
1 of Sainsbury's 1,080 stores was marked at a two or less
1 of Lidl's 455 stores was deemed to be inadequate
1 of Morrison's branches in Mansfield scored a two on the scale
Of the major chains, only Aldi and Waitrose were found to have no stores on the unacceptable end of the inspection scale.
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