Viral video of mouse munching on a crepe forces cafe’s closure
A video of a mouse munching on a crepe in an Amsterdam cafe, resulted in the business being ordered closed by the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA. The video was posted on Twitter on Wednesday. NVWA inspectors went to inspect the cafe and found more vermin. Which is why the cafe was ordered closed, RTL Nieuws reports.
"The business can only be reopened if the entrepreneur has thoroughly cleaned everything up and has taken measures to prevent vermin", the NVWA said. All food supplies currently in the store must also be discarded. The situation in the cafe was unsafe and a public health hazard, an NVWA spokesperson said to the broadcaster.
The NVWA is pleased that consumers report when they see vermin in shops or catering establishments. "With or without a video we take these kinds of complaints seriously. Mice are a direct threat to food safety."
Mice and rats are already common in the Amsterdam city center, and the knowledge center on animal pests KAD fears that the rodent populations throughout the Netherlands will only continue to grow in the coming years. KAD therefore calls for a large-scale study into the behavior of these animals, so that a plague can be effectively fought.