Tesco fined over mouse droppings at Towcester store
A supermarket giant has been fined £30,000 with £9,500 costs after mouse droppings were found in a store.
A representative of Tesco Supermarkets appeared before Towcester Magistrates Court to admit four food hygiene offences.
South Northamptonshire Council investigated food hygiene practices at the Towcester store, the court heard.
Officers discovered mouse droppings on shelves, dirt and food debris. Tesco said hygiene standards had improved.
A member of the public found mouse droppings in food in July last year and complained to council food safety officers.
Officers went to the store in Old Tiffield Road where they also discovered poor standards of cleanliness with items of gnawed food, dirt and food debris, the court heard.
Further evidence of an active mouse infestation was highlighted when a food safety officer caught a live animal on the shop floor, the hearing was told.