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Burger King restaurant shut down after rats spotted climbing through bag of burger buns

A BURGER King in the US was shut down after a pair of rodents were seen crawling through packets of burger buns and droppings were found in the Delaware restaurant.

According to The Sun, a health inspector found rodent droppings on and inside of the hamburger and chicken sandwich rolls, as well as near the ice machine, the water heater, near syrup storage boxes and behind fryers.

In the footage claiming to be filmed at the chain and shared on Facebook by Shantel Johnson, two rodents can be seen scurrying through a bag of burger buns.

Sharing the clip, Ms Johnson said: “Don’t go to Burger King on 202 [rats] running all over their buns Wilmington, Delaware Concord Pike.”

A Burger King has been shut down after rodents were filmed walking all over their buns. Courtesy: Shantel Johnson via Facebook
Camera IconA Burger King has been shut down after rodents were filmed walking all over their buns. Courtesy: Shantel Johnson via FacebookPicture: Supplied

The clip quickly went viral with over 745,000 views and 22,000 shares on Facebook.

Spokeswoman for the Division of Public Health, Andrea Wojcik, said the Office of Food Protection received a complaint about the restaurant on June 1 and health inspectors went to the restaurant that morning, according to Delaware Online.

Dr Karyl Rattay from the Division of Public health sent a letter to the restaurant owner Rackon Restaurants LLC, ordering the restaurant to close due to an “imminent health hazard” because of “gross unsanitary conditions” and “rodent infestation”.

According to the inspection report from Friday, the plastic covering and the rolls themselves were chewed by the rodents, and wooden pallets that the rolls were stored on had droppings on them.

Two rats can be seen running across the buns. Courtesy: Shantel Johnson via Facebook
Camera IconTwo rats can be seen running across the buns. Courtesy: Shantel Johnson via FacebookPicture: Supplied

Seven pallets of buns and rolls were discarded due to the contamination, and the inspector noted that during her visit, chicken sandwich rolls were being used, but were then discarded.

In addition to the rodent droppings, the restaurant’s ceiling was leaking in the kitchen near the storage and food line, the report said. Flies were coming from a drain close to where the rolls and buns are stored.

Ms Wojcik said the health department allowed the restaurant to reopen Monday afternoon following a reinspection that found the issues had been addressed.

During the reinspection, two mice were removed from a trap, and repairs were made to the broken drain and holes in the walls were fixed to prevent rodents, but the restaurant will have weekly pest service until the “issue is eliminated”.

A spokesman for Burger King told Delaware Online that the restaurant was independently owned and operated. The company has contacted the owner to “investigate this matter and ensure they take the appropriate measures.”

This story first appeared in The Sun.

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