Rat-infested brewery shut down

11th July, 2014 by Lauren Eads

Thousands of litres of beer are to be poured down the drain following the emergency closure of a UK brewery found to be overrun with rats.

635px-Rat_-_560688043Dent Brewery in Cumbria was today shut down by South Lakeland District Council until it has addressed its rat infestation, as reported by the North West Evening Mail. 

Simon Rowley, assistant director of neighbourhood services, said: “The council takes public health issues very seriously and will carry out a thorough investigation of potential breaches of hygiene regulations.

“Businesses that are selling or making products for human consumption have a responsibility to do so in a safe and hygienic manner.”

The closure follows a visit to the brewery by heath officials on 16 June.

A Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice was served  on the brewery on July 7, resulting in the seizure of 600kg of malt and grain and about 4,000 litres of brewing beer.

Today the brewery told the Westmorland Gazette that it would do “everything in its power” to rectify the problem.

A spokesperson told the paper: “We have checked all our products to make sure it doesn’t get into the marketplace and have alerted landlords and customers. Rats compromised our grain store area so a lot of grain was spoilt.

“We are working very closely with Environmental Health who are giving us a lot of support. We want to reassure the public we are doing everything in our power to make sure we are back to making a good, safe, high-quality product as soon as possible.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Assistant

Litmus Wine Agencies
Dorking, Surrey

Private Client Sales

Genesis Wines
London, UK

Head of Sales

Bimber Distillery
London

Compliance Manager

Atom Supplies Limited
Tunbridge Well

Customer Services Team Leader

Speciality Drinks Ltd
London

ViVAS Wine - Category Development Manager

ViVAS
Harlow and Stowmarket or Salisbury, UK

Fine Wine Logistics Coordinator

IG Wines
London, GB

Brand Ambassador East Coast USA - Ableforth’s

Maverick Drinks
New York - field-based, USA

Brand Ambassador West Coast USA - Ableforth’s

Maverick Drinks
San Francisco / Los Angeles - field-based, USA

Global Travel Retail Manager

Maverick Drinks
London, UK

Almaviva 2015 Vintage and Vertical Tasting

London,United Kingdom
28th Sep 2017

TFWA World Exhibition & Conference

Cannes,France
1st Oct 2017

Franciacorta London Festival

London,United Kingdom
2nd Oct 2017
Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2017

Deadline : 29th September 2017

The Global Riesling Masters 2017

Deadline : 29th September 2017

Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more