Mouse droppings found in the premises.
Following an inspection by South Ayrshire Council a business in Prestwick was fined £2000 at Ayr Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to failing to maintain their hotel premises in a clean and hygienic condition.
Northbeach Hospitality Limited, who operate the North Beach Hotel, Links Road, Prestwick admitted the offence following a Council inspection in September 2014 which found the standard of hygiene at the premises was very poor.
Council Enforcement Officers found evidence of cross contamination risk between raw and ready-to-eat food and evidence of a lack of routine cleaning and structural maintenance. In all over 80 contraventions of food hygiene law were noted. Evidence of a mouse infestation was found in food store rooms which resulted in the operators voluntarily closing the business to allow pest control treatment to be undertaken.
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and the Environment Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "It is absolutely essential the public have confidence in the food they buy, whether from a shop, takeaway or restaurant and this case is particularly disappointing as we had already advised the owners of the standards expected of their business numerous times over the last seven years.
"The hospitality industry is extremely important to the South Ayrshire economy and we have a well-deserved, excellent reputation for our high quality food establishments thanks to the majority of business owners who take food preparation and hygiene seriously.
"To maintain those stringent standards, we will continue to monitor premises and will take action in any instance where preparation, premises or quality are below par."
South Ayrshire consumers can see how well food businesses in their area have fared in their last food hygiene inspection at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/environmentalhealth/foodsafety/fhis.aspx.