A chippy was given a zero food hygiene rating and ordered to close due to an active rat problem.

Audley Chippy on Audley Range in Blackburn, was visited by hygiene inspectors on October 24, where it was noted that bosses did not fill out food safety records on a daily basis, and admitted to inspectors that there was an active rat problem.

The hygiene report stated: "I know there is an active rat problem. I will close and get pest control out and not open until Blackburn with Darwen environment officers come out."

The inspector carrying out the visit wrote in the report that within minutes of being on the premises, the manager was telling him about a problem with rats and also admitted to 'fiddling his safe food better business records'.

Bosses at Audley Chippy were advised to get pest control in as soon as possible, buy new aprons and chopping boards for the business, clean the microwaves, paint the ceilings, and were also told to download new food safety training and allergy packs.

A revisit of the premises was then carried out on October 27 to check on necessary urgent work following the closure.

An additional re-scoring inspection has recently been undertaken, with hygiene officers upgrading the business to a rating of three, meaning generally satisfactory.

When the Food Standards Agency food hygiene rating scores are next updated this will be shown on the website.

A comment on the initial hygiene report went on to say: "Observations - overall a pretty clean premises."

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