That’s not chocolate! Rat faeces found all over kids’ sweets as Harrow busts vile cash-and-carry

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Huge fine for owner for appalling rodent infestation. Officers found Bite marks, excrement and urine found on chocolate bars!

Harrow Council officers have struck another blow for public safety – after a surprise inspection of a filthy cash and carry led to its closure and a fine of nearly £5,000.

Conditions in TSK Cash and Carry, Rayners Lane, were so filthy that vermin were nesting inside the shop itself. Most shocking of all – food hygiene officers discovered excrement and urine on chocolate bars that were still on sale on the shelves.

Simon Baxter, divisional director for environment and culture said:

“The thought of taking a bite out of your favourite chocolate bar that’s smothered in rat excrement makes me feel sick.

“It makes me so angry that criminals can make money by endangering public health like this. We busted Tharmalingam and now his business is finished.

“We’ll do the same to anyone else we find playing games with people’s safety.”

During the inspection, frantic attempts by workers to clear up the place proved far too little as Harrow’s hygiene officers called for the immediate closure of the shop. ‘Sweet toothed’ rodents were able to help themselves to food by getting through gaps in the ceiling, doors and floors. The lack of waste management also contributed to the infestation.

Having pleaded guilty to 6 offences, the owner Sooriyakumar Tharmalingam was sentenced on May 4 at Harrow Crown Court. He was fined £4550.