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An Oxford restaurant has been forced to close due to an infestation of mice and flies

Mouse droppings and flies have been found in a restaurant by investigators, leading to its closure, after a customer complaint.

My Sichuan, a Sichuan restaurant in Oxford has been given an emergency prohibition notice of hygiene after it was investigated by council officers on 2nd September.

A formal notice of closure regarding the restaurant was issued in an Oxford court and consequently, the restaurant must close until the infestation is under control, a spokesman for the council has stated.

Louise Upton, a councillor has said: “It’s not acceptable that the manager of this restaurant let standards of pest control and hygiene fall this low.

“Thankfully a keen-eyed member of the public reported.”

It is well-known that rats and mice can carry bacteria such as salmonella and E.coli which often cause disease.

Officers who have been authorised by a city or district council are able to serve a hygiene emergency prohibition notice under the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Hygiene and Safety Regulations 2013. Any breaches of this notice is an offence and can result in a fine or up to two years in prison.