Holiday park fined over rat infestation
A Pembrokeshire holiday park has been fined £10,000 following the discovery of a serious rat infestation and breaches of food hygiene laws.
Following a complaint from a visitor, Kiln Park in Tenby was visited in October 2009 by Environmental Health Officers from Pembrokeshire County Council’s Public Protection Division.
Not only was a serious rat infestation discovered within the food preparation area, but rat droppings were also found, alongside rat corpses and gnawed items of food. The food areas were also found to be very dirty.
Haverfordwest Magistrates Court granted a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order to close the premises immediately whilst a cleanup and pest control programme was put into operation.
Kiln Park Estates admitted responsibility for the charges under the Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006, in particular the issue of pest control and having less than adequate procedures in place to control pests.
Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services, Councillor Ken Rowlands, said, “Large companies such as this should be able to ensure that their premises are kept clean, effectively managed and free from rodent infestations that can put the health of their customers at risk.”