Patisserie Holdings has been fined £60k after inspectors found mouse droppings at a bakery.
The business was also ordered to pay £5,690 in costs at Birmingham magistrates court after earlier pleading guilty to four offences under the Food Hygiene and Safety Regulations 2013.
Magistrates were told that the bakery in Hall Green, which makes products for Patisserie Holdings’ Druckers brand, was closed for four days in June last year following a routine food hygiene inspection by the Environmental Health Team from Birmingham City council.
Patisserie Holdings said it was “disappointed” the council found a shortfall in hygiene standards during their inspection.
“We take seriously its responsibilities to ensure the highest standards of food hygiene are maintained at its bakery at all times,” it added.
The business said it had now brought in a number of improvements to ensure the bakery maintained “the highest standards of food hygiene”.
Councillor Barbara Dring, chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, said: “People should be able to have confidence in the safety of the food served and cleanliness of any food business in Birmingham – regardless of whether it’s a factory, retailer or restaurant.”