Rat scare closes bakery at Asda
THE BAKERY at a Kirkcaldy superstore has been closed as a precaution as investigations into alleged sightings of rats continue.
The move comes as bosses at Asda, based in Carberry Road, had temporarily closed the in-store McDonalds restaurant overnight last month following an alleged sighting.
They had blamed the recent spell of heavy rain for flooding drains and pushing rats above ground in the wake of the incident.
It is understood the bakery was closed last week.
A spokeswoman for Asda, said: “The bakery has been closed for a short time as a precaution as part of our investigation into the pest sightings at the store.
“This is purely a precaution - it’s not something we have been asked to do but, as we’ve said previously, we take any reports of pests incredibly seriously.
“The authorities continue to be happy with the action we are taking in-store.”
Lisa McCann, Fife Council lead officer for food and workplace safety said: “Environmental health officers have undertaken several visits to the premises of the Asda Store at Mitchelston, Kirkcaldy after we received a number of complaints.
“During the visits the environmental health officers inspected both the external and internal areas of the premises for signs of rodent activity.
“The officers also discussed with the Asda store managers and their pest control contractor, the controls in place and the further preventative measures being taken.
“From these discussions we are confident that the business is taking all reasonable steps.”
She added: “We are continuing to monitor the situation very closely and work with the businesses involved.”
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