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Council investigates footage of rats crawling over croissants

A panel has launched an investigation after rats were filmed squirming over pastries in Sainsbury’s shop (Image: Instagram @anthonymitson)

A panel is ‘reviewing’ the findings of the inquest after a video emerged of rats slithering through boxes of fresh pastries at a Sainbury store.

The rodents were spotted running past the last croissant in an open counter at the supermarket’s bread section to the north. London.

This week, Islington Council confirmed it was investigating any violations of food safety and hygiene laws.

Film producer Anthony Mitson was browsing the county branch in Essex Road in October 2021 when he discovered uncharacteristic guests.

The creatures were scared before they even tried to reach for the food (Image: Instagram @anthonymitson)

He catches the pests eat croissants before they spotted him and jumped behind the dairy, disappearing from sight. The clip quickly went viral on social media as viewers expressed outrage.

Sainsbury’s said at the time that it had taken ‘immediate action’ to clean up the store and had called for pest control.

The council’s Commercial Environmental Health, Public Health and Regulatory Services Group subsequently launched an investigation, according to information released this week.

The response to the request from Metro.co.uk said that ‘the investigation is ongoing and it is yet to be determined when it will be concluded’ but will be completed within 12 months.

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A spokesman for Sainsbury’s said: ‘No new investigation has been launched and we were informed at the time that the council was pleased with the swift action taken and the door’s high standards. row.

‘We have strict hygiene measures and procedures in place to keep pests out.

‘In October our Essex Road store was temporarily closed for a deep clean to help pest control investigate detection and put in place additional precautions.

‘We apologize to the customer for the inconvenience and fully support the council’s investigation at the time, which is part of the normal process.’

The Freedom of Information Act Board’s response on November 29 said that the investigation was ongoing to ‘assess compliance’ with food safety and hygiene regulations.

According to the Food Standards Agency website, the store is exempt from the food hygiene rating. However, all other Sainsbury’s stores in the borough qualify for the maximum five stars.

A spokesman for the council clarified this week that although it has looked into the matter, the results have not yet been released.

The representative said: ‘While council does not object to Sainsbury’s decision to reopen the store on 11 October, we are still reviewing the findings of the investigation and as such are unable to provide any further information at this stage.’

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