Production on hold at Northampton meat supplier after inspectors find mouse infestation

A mouse infestation was found at Midland Food Services.
A mouse infestation was found at Midland Food Services.

A wholesale meat supplier in Northampton has had its production line stopped after inspectors found traces of mice.

Following an unannounced visit to Midland Food Services Ltd in Rothersthorpe Avenue Trading Estate on February 9, the Food Standards Agency has halted all production at the plant.

A spokesman for the Food Standards Agency said: “Our inspectors took this swift action after they found evidence of mouse infestation.”

The company is also voluntarily withdrawing all affected meat products that is currently on the market.

The firm has a shop on its premises, which sells directly to the public. Northampton Borough Council shut down this shop on February 9.

The spokesman added: “We have no evidence of ill health caused by the consumption of meat products produced by Midland Food Services Ltd.

“However, we are concerned that the company is producing food in unhygienic conditions and is not able to ensure it is producing safe food in compliance with food law.

“It is, therefore, appropriate to halt Midland Food Services Ltd from operating in order to improve standards at the site.”

Although the firm's website states that the wholesaler can supply food to schools and care homes, a spokesman for Midland Food Services today confirmed that it does not have any care homes or schools as its clients.