Chingford Costco bakery closed due to "shocking" infestation

Two of the dead mice found in Costco

Two of the dead mice found in Costco

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A "SHOCKING" bakery was closed to protect the public when it was found to be infested by mice.

DEad vermin, droppings and gnawed bags of flour were found throughout Costco bakery in Shadbolt Avenue, Chingford,

Dirty containers and bins were also discovered by the council officers at the branch, which is part of a national chain.

They were so disturbed by what they found they immediately sought an emergency court order to close the business on November 19.

Cabinet member for environment, Cllr Clyde Loakes, described the state of the shops as "shocking".

He added: "There is absolutely no excuse for anybody whose business it is to prepare food to allow vermin free reign of their premises in this way.

"Surely a firm with the resources of Costco can afford to take the necessary measures to keep their bakery clean and secure from infestation.

"I am sure many local residents will be feeling thoroughly sick to their stomachs at the thought of having bought baked goods from Costco in the past."

The branch reopened a week after the closure after satisfying environmental health officers that it had eliminated risks to public health.

Costco replaced the large bins with smaller bins, threw away all contaminated products and ingredients and carried out an intensive clean to rid the bakery of mice.

They have also proofed the store to ensure the mice cannot return, ensuring the council allowed the shop to reopen.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: "Costco strives to have high standards and it was with regret that the circumstances at the Chingford bakery arose.

"We worked with the council to quickly address the problems they had brought to our attention and on Monday, November 26, we were in a position to reopen the affected area with the full approval of the council.

"There is currently no risk to public health and there has been no reports that anyone was adversely affected by the incident."

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1:38pm Fri 30 Nov 12

livedheretoolong says...

Will they be offering mice (sorry, mince) pies for Christmas?
Will they be offering mice (sorry, mince) pies for Christmas? livedheretoolong
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1:47pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

livedheretoolong wrote:
Will they be offering mice (sorry, mince) pies for Christmas?
Mini Yule Logs maybe?
[quote][p][bold]livedheretoolong[/bold] wrote: Will they be offering mice (sorry, mince) pies for Christmas?[/p][/quote]Mini Yule Logs maybe? Cornbeefur
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6:16pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Dave mp says...

Or some Ratatouille?
Or some Ratatouille? Dave mp
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12:04am Sat 1 Dec 12

topnote says...

I am a customer of Costco and I am shocked by these pic. However I am extremely surprised that their meat and deli counter adjacent to to the bakery was allowed to remain open. I for one will not be buying ANY produce from that area ever again.
I am a customer of Costco and I am shocked by these pic. However I am extremely surprised that their meat and deli counter adjacent to to the bakery was allowed to remain open. I for one will not be buying ANY produce from that area ever again. topnote
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2:27pm Mon 3 Dec 12

LakeBreeze says...

And as the weather gets frostier, try not to slip on the mice --- oops -- er, ICE.... : )
And as the weather gets frostier, try not to slip on the mice --- oops -- er, ICE.... : ) LakeBreeze
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2:57pm Mon 3 Dec 12

Wizza_b says...

The shop where everything is super sized !
Including the lack of hygiene....
The shop where everything is super sized ! Including the lack of hygiene.... Wizza_b
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