Council update on McDonald’s Manurewa

Mcdonald'sThe Manurewa branch of McDonald’s has now been inspected by Auckland Council’s environmental health officers after media reports suggested a rat infestation in the playground.

The McDonald’s branch at 207 Great South Rd is registered with Auckland Council and was last inspected in November 2014 when it was given an A grade. Due to the concerns of vermin on the property, council staff focused on where the food is prepared and served as this is of paramount importance to the health and safety of customers. The playground is separated from the food preparation area by walls and doors.

Auckland Council reported after the inspection that: no infestation of vermin such as rats or mice was observed on the premises; council staff advised that deep cleaning was to be undertaken underneath kitchen cooking areas and dry goods areas as a precaution despite the fact no risk to food safety was identified; all possible entry points such as gaps under doors and cable holes in floors were to be sealed as a precaution; the yard and playground immediately outside the premises had been steam cleaned and water blasted (there is a requirement under Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 for food operators to maintain their yards); and that pest control was on site and had laid baits when council staff visited.

Auckland Council is returning to make another inspection today.

McDonald’s management advised council’s environmental health staff that the issue was highlighted to them last week and, after discussions with a pest controller, they are considering the removal of a large cabbage tree beside the building in case there is a possibility for rats to enter the building from the rooftop via this mode.

Auckland Council has to date not made any changes to the grade of this McDonalds outlet.

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