A restaurant in Grays has been found guilty of four food hygiene offences.
In a prosecution by Thurrock Council, two directors who were running a franchise of Papa Johns, in Orsett Road, were each fined £2,840.
The directors were found guilty of a lack of adequate procedures to control pests; failure to put into place a food safety management system; premises not kept clean or maintained in good repair and failure to effectively clean equipment which comes into contact with food.
Environmental Health officers reported poor food safety at the takeaway.
They found evidence of mouse droppings throughout the kitchen and food storage areas. Mouse glue pads were also found which contained mouse droppings and fur.
In addition the premises were in a dirty condition and did not have hot running water within the appropriate areas.
Cllr Ben Maney, Portfolio holder for Public Protection said:” The Council work hard to ensure our residents can eat out, secure in the knowledge that they are dining in a clean and safe environment.”
Papa Johns is now under new ownership and an inspection by Environmental Health has shown it to be operating to a good standard.