Owners of a bakery who persistently ignoring hygiene laws have been banned from ever managing a food business again.
Environmental Health officers discovered dead mice, maggots and fruit flies during an inspection of Meads Bakery Ltd , which produces bread, rolls and pastry items at its premises in Bolton Road, Luton.
Mr Sunderam Premanand and his wife, Mrs Sathiabama Premanand were ordered to pay fines totaling £38,000, which included council costs of £1908 and a £15 victim surcharge.
In addition, Magistrates gave the couple a banning order, which effectively stops them from managing a food business again.
Between February 2012 and January 2013 food safety officers visited the premises 8 times and on each occasion they saw evidence of appalling hygiene conditions.
Although officers advised the manager how to improve standards of hygiene, they were ignored.
Mr Premanand previously operated the business as a sole trader and was fined £10,000 in 2011 for similar hygiene offences.
During their visits officers noted thick black mould, evidence of pests including dead mice, and spider webs hanging from the ceiling.
Food debris and grease were found coating the floors, and workers were seen mopping floors with dirty water.
Cllr Mohammed Ashraf said: “The terrible hygiene conditions in this business over a prolonged period of time indicate the owner’s total disregard for hygiene.
“We welcome the Magistrates decision to stop the bakery owners from managing a food business in future.
"The council will not tolerate anyone running a food business with conditions which place public health at risk.”