Cakes from ‘rat’ factory have been recalled

First published in News

AN emergency recall has been issued for cakes packaged at a Bolton factory after rat droppings and rotting food was found by inspectors.

The Food Standards Agency has issued the alert, recalling the re-branded and re-labelled cakes, biscuits, sweets, puddings and tarts from Cake Factory Outlet and Clearance Cake Excess, based in Hacken Lane, Darcy Lever.

The factory supplies cakes to markets across the North West.

The recall comes after council officers visited the factory at Riverside Mill — which was not registered with the local authority — and found rotting food and fresh rat droppings inside the unit.

A hygiene emergency prohibition order was granted at Bolton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The court heard that the unit was inspected in December and was found to be unsuitable to be used as a food business.

It was given a zero food rating and the officer had discussions with the business partners, Paul Lax and Derek Gleave. They were told the business must close and not re-open until the officer was satisfied the risks had gone.

Andrew Morris, prosecuting, told magistrates that earlier this month an officer visited the premises and found the unit appeared to have been broken into.

Attempts were made by the council to contact the partners, but there was no response, and they did not attend the hearing yesterday.

Mr Morris said: “Inside was food rotting and fresh rat droppings among the packaging.”

The company repackages cakes classed as seconds and then sells them to market traders, including those in Clitheroe, Blackburn, and at Manchester Smithfields Market.

Local authorities are now being asked to visit market stalls to see if any of the products are being sold.

The Food Standards Agency said: “The products are reported to have deteriorated, be mouldy, past their ‘best before’ date and contaminated as a result of rat infestation at the premises. It has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or the extent of distribution for the products involved.”

”If you have bought one of the above products, do not eat it, but report it to your local authority.”

The Bolton News visited the premises, but Mr Lax and Mr Gleave were not there and we have been unable to contact them.

Security guard Chris Bentham, aged 50, said: “There were big rats and squirrels in there. We could hear them running about. There are droppings all around the place. There are no electrics and the food in the freezer is rotting and smells like wine when you open it.

“There are cakes outside that have gone mouldy and been there about five months.”

Landlord John Fletcher said Mr Lax and Mr Gleave have not paid the rent.

He added: “They have disappeared and left all the mess behind. I think this is the tip of the iceberg.”

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9:59am Thu 24 Jan 13

saj70n says...

Surprise surprise owners are not the ethnic minority kind otherwise the comments section would have been full by now.
Surprise surprise owners are not the ethnic minority kind otherwise the comments section would have been full by now. saj70n
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11:10am Thu 24 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

who paid the security guard - the owners of the cake firm or the landlord of the mill? Surely if he knew things were that bad he should have told someone. He said the cakes had been outside for five months. If there were no electrics, how did the guards attend to their basic needs? The business was closed in December and only now are goods being recalled it takes too long to process the paperwork. Lots of questions to be answered here.
who paid the security guard - the owners of the cake firm or the landlord of the mill? Surely if he knew things were that bad he should have told someone. He said the cakes had been outside for five months. If there were no electrics, how did the guards attend to their basic needs? The business was closed in December and only now are goods being recalled it takes too long to process the paperwork. Lots of questions to be answered here. oftbewildered2
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11:11am Thu 24 Jan 13

moosa says...

@Saj

Nothing new pal!!
This is how they work!!
If it was Asian you're right they'll be frothing in their mouths etc!!
By the way it's not just Asians then?
The silence is so deafening!!
@Saj Nothing new pal!! This is how they work!! If it was Asian you're right they'll be frothing in their mouths etc!! By the way it's not just Asians then? The silence is so deafening!! moosa
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11:27am Thu 24 Jan 13

Phil from Smithills says...

Makes no difference what race they are, the concequencies of food poisoning here is massive and the Bolton health inspectors should keep being vingilant.
Makes no difference what race they are, the concequencies of food poisoning here is massive and the Bolton health inspectors should keep being vingilant. Phil from Smithills
  • Score: 1

11:52am Thu 24 Jan 13

davoovad says...

moosa wrote:
@Saj

Nothing new pal!!
This is how they work!!
If it was Asian you're right they'll be frothing in their mouths etc!!
By the way it's not just Asians then?
The silence is so deafening!!
Ha Ha , it's all about percentages mate, the vast majority of asian food establishments are merde holes on the other hand the vast majority
of White British..... Well you get the idea.
[quote][p][bold]moosa[/bold] wrote: @Saj Nothing new pal!! This is how they work!! If it was Asian you're right they'll be frothing in their mouths etc!! By the way it's not just Asians then? The silence is so deafening!![/p][/quote]Ha Ha , it's all about percentages mate, the vast majority of asian food establishments are merde holes on the other hand the vast majority of White British..... Well you get the idea. davoovad
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12:14pm Thu 24 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

Looks like some people have chip on their shoulder.By the way it's not rat sh!t, it'chocolate chips????????
Looks like some people have chip on their shoulder.By the way it's not rat sh!t, it'chocolate chips???????? boltonnut
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12:21pm Thu 24 Jan 13

ChilliCan'tCorny says...

boltonnut wrote:
Looks like some people have chip on their shoulder.By the way it's not rat sh!t, it'chocolate chips????????
Is that what you call it. Wonder what you call dog Sh*t Chocolate mousse
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: Looks like some people have chip on their shoulder.By the way it's not rat sh!t, it'chocolate chips????????[/p][/quote]Is that what you call it. Wonder what you call dog Sh*t Chocolate mousse ChilliCan'tCorny
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12:40pm Thu 24 Jan 13

cliff4treasurer says...

If the owners had been asian there would be no comments section as the bolton news would do what it usualy does and stop any comments.
Defenders of free speech? Hypocrites more like.
If the owners had been asian there would be no comments section as the bolton news would do what it usualy does and stop any comments. Defenders of free speech? Hypocrites more like. cliff4treasurer
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12:46pm Thu 24 Jan 13

JohnTheBaptist says...

They would probably stop the comments section to stop racists from littering the site.

A crime is only a crime when commited by an asian. All else is a virtue and worthy of a pat on the back.
They would probably stop the comments section to stop racists from littering the site. A crime is only a crime when commited by an asian. All else is a virtue and worthy of a pat on the back. JohnTheBaptist
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Thu 24 Jan 13

davoovad says...

ChilliCan'tCorny wrote:
boltonnut wrote:
Looks like some people have chip on their shoulder.By the way it's not rat sh!t, it'chocolate chips????????
Is that what you call it. Wonder what you call dog Sh*t Chocolate mousse
No. i call it curry paste.
[quote][p][bold]ChilliCan'tCorny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: Looks like some people have chip on their shoulder.By the way it's not rat sh!t, it'chocolate chips????????[/p][/quote]Is that what you call it. Wonder what you call dog Sh*t Chocolate mousse[/p][/quote]No. i call it curry paste. davoovad
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1:27pm Thu 24 Jan 13

davoovad says...

JohnTheBaptist wrote:
They would probably stop the comments section to stop racists from littering the site.

A crime is only a crime when commited by an asian. All else is a virtue and worthy of a pat on the back.
Playing the race card again !!
[quote][p][bold]JohnTheBaptist[/bold] wrote: They would probably stop the comments section to stop racists from littering the site. A crime is only a crime when commited by an asian. All else is a virtue and worthy of a pat on the back.[/p][/quote]Playing the race card again !! davoovad
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1:43pm Thu 24 Jan 13

nickyboy70 says...

thats why we left bolton. when you pay for cheap ****. **** is what you get. i bet theres more the council never tell us about.
thats why we left bolton. when you pay for cheap ****. **** is what you get. i bet theres more the council never tell us about. nickyboy70
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3:21pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Replytohatersandscum says...

its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl
its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl Replytohatersandscum
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4:07pm Thu 24 Jan 13

davoovad says...

Replytohatersandscum wrote:
its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl
No one said that all Asian eateries were filthy, it's mainly the one's run by people from third world countries like Pakistan that are usually bad !
[quote][p][bold]Replytohatersandscum[/bold] wrote: its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl[/p][/quote]No one said that all Asian eateries were filthy, it's mainly the one's run by people from third world countries like Pakistan that are usually bad ! davoovad
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5:16pm Thu 24 Jan 13

ALI MINIUM KHAN says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
If the owners had been asian there would be no comments section as the bolton news would do what it usualy does and stop any comments.
Defenders of free speech? Hypocrites more like.
ur correct pal ive noticed that
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: If the owners had been asian there would be no comments section as the bolton news would do what it usualy does and stop any comments. Defenders of free speech? Hypocrites more like.[/p][/quote]ur correct pal ive noticed that ALI MINIUM KHAN
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5:18pm Thu 24 Jan 13

ALI MINIUM KHAN says...

Replytohatersandscum wrote:
its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl
how the hell do you know they are white? there is no picture, nobody can trace them, they will definitely be asian with fake names i think
[quote][p][bold]Replytohatersandscum[/bold] wrote: its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl[/p][/quote]how the hell do you know they are white? there is no picture, nobody can trace them, they will definitely be asian with fake names i think ALI MINIUM KHAN
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6:52pm Thu 24 Jan 13

davoovad says...

ALI MINIUM KHAN wrote:
Replytohatersandscum wrote:
its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl
how the hell do you know they are white? there is no picture, nobody can trace them, they will definitely be asian with fake names i think
Absolutely, hadn't thought of that, i will find out though !!
[quote][p][bold]ALI MINIUM KHAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Replytohatersandscum[/bold] wrote: its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl[/p][/quote]how the hell do you know they are white? there is no picture, nobody can trace them, they will definitely be asian with fake names i think[/p][/quote]Absolutely, hadn't thought of that, i will find out though !! davoovad
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Thu 24 Jan 13

davoovad says...

ALI MINIUM KHAN wrote:
Replytohatersandscum wrote:
its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl
how the hell do you know they are white? there is no picture, nobody can trace them, they will definitely be asian with fake names i think
Absolutely, hadn't thought of that, i will find out though !!
[quote][p][bold]ALI MINIUM KHAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Replytohatersandscum[/bold] wrote: its so true if this was an asian story the usaual haters and scum would be having a field day but the owners are white so they ok with it pmsl[/p][/quote]how the hell do you know they are white? there is no picture, nobody can trace them, they will definitely be asian with fake names i think[/p][/quote]Absolutely, hadn't thought of that, i will find out though !! davoovad
  • Score: 0

7:32pm Thu 24 Jan 13

copiersteve says...

They are both white people.
but paul is very very fat so his cakes cant be that bad ?
They are both white people. but paul is very very fat so his cakes cant be that bad ? copiersteve
  • Score: 1

8:03pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Citizen Cane says...

A poorly structured story which should read : "Bust, non-compliant food factory visited by local authority clowns 5 months after it went out of business who drew false conclusions based on vermin infestation in 5 month old rotting stock". It shouldn't really be a surprise that there is a mess there and I guess that it is the landlord who carries the can one way or another.

Racial origin is irrelevant in public health compromised food businesses.
A poorly structured story which should read : "Bust, non-compliant food factory visited by local authority clowns 5 months after it went out of business who drew false conclusions based on vermin infestation in 5 month old rotting stock". It shouldn't really be a surprise that there is a mess there and I guess that it is the landlord who carries the can one way or another. Racial origin is irrelevant in public health compromised food businesses. Citizen Cane
  • Score: -1

8:08pm Thu 24 Jan 13

pecky2k says...

If it had been Asians then I doubt Bolton News would have allowed anyone to comment, there is good and bad in all people!
If it had been Asians then I doubt Bolton News would have allowed anyone to comment, there is good and bad in all people! pecky2k
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Thu 24 Jan 13

copiersteve says...

They were both still trading just before christmas.
They were both still trading just before christmas. copiersteve
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9:00pm Thu 24 Jan 13

georgethebrave says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
If the owners had been asian there would be no comments section as the bolton news would do what it usualy does and stop any comments.
Defenders of free speech? Hypocrites more like.
Spot on.
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: If the owners had been asian there would be no comments section as the bolton news would do what it usualy does and stop any comments. Defenders of free speech? Hypocrites more like.[/p][/quote]Spot on. georgethebrave
  • Score: 0

9:28pm Thu 24 Jan 13

JohnTheBaptist says...

Even the BN have caught onto the fact that any article about asians would attract the Racists, hence why no comments allowed.
Even the BN have caught onto the fact that any article about asians would attract the Racists, hence why no comments allowed. JohnTheBaptist
  • Score: 0

9:32pm Thu 24 Jan 13

JohnTheBaptist says...

Even the BN have caught onto the fact that any article about asians would attract the Racists, hence why no comments allowed.

I do remember a couple of recent articles about amir khan and the young family who were involved in the fatal accident on the m62 being open for comments....

Racists do have short memories.
Even the BN have caught onto the fact that any article about asians would attract the Racists, hence why no comments allowed. I do remember a couple of recent articles about amir khan and the young family who were involved in the fatal accident on the m62 being open for comments.... Racists do have short memories. JohnTheBaptist
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10:01pm Thu 24 Jan 13

macauley says...

did they find any horse manure i wonder?
did they find any horse manure i wonder? macauley
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10:27pm Thu 24 Jan 13

davoovad says...

JohnTheBaptist wrote:
Even the BN have caught onto the fact that any article about asians would attract the Racists, hence why no comments allowed.

I do remember a couple of recent articles about amir khan and the young family who were involved in the fatal accident on the m62 being open for comments....

Racists do have short memories.
Come to think of it i am getting a bit forgetful !
[quote][p][bold]JohnTheBaptist[/bold] wrote: Even the BN have caught onto the fact that any article about asians would attract the Racists, hence why no comments allowed. I do remember a couple of recent articles about amir khan and the young family who were involved in the fatal accident on the m62 being open for comments.... Racists do have short memories.[/p][/quote]Come to think of it i am getting a bit forgetful ! davoovad
  • Score: 0

1:01pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Hough64 says...

You lot need to give your heads a wobble. Do you realise how pathetic you look?
You lot need to give your heads a wobble. Do you realise how pathetic you look? Hough64
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Sat 26 Jan 13

127001 says...

"Clearance Cake Excess"

Shameful. Who the hell doesn't like cakes for there to be a excess in the first place?

Nothing like a cake with a cup of tea.

Send the lot to me! I'd love a few nutty squirrels around as pets.
"Clearance Cake Excess" Shameful. Who the hell doesn't like cakes for there to be a excess in the first place? Nothing like a cake with a cup of tea. Send the lot to me! I'd love a few nutty squirrels around as pets. 127001
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Sat 26 Jan 13

macauley says...

Hough64 wrote:
You lot need to give your heads a wobble. Do you realise how pathetic you look?
hi hough,talking of heads,glad to see you have raised your again.
[quote][p][bold]Hough64[/bold] wrote: You lot need to give your heads a wobble. Do you realise how pathetic you look?[/p][/quote]hi hough,talking of heads,glad to see you have raised your again. macauley
  • Score: 0

6:14pm Sun 27 Jan 13

JustBecause says...

Always amazes me how muppets like davoovad actually are educated enough to string together a sentence!

Moron !
Always amazes me how muppets like davoovad actually are educated enough to string together a sentence! Moron ! JustBecause
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