KUALA LUMPUR: Tesco Setia Alam has reopened after being shuttered since Tuesday by the Health Department.
The closure was to allow for a thorough clean-up following a report made to the Department’s Food Safety and Quality Division of a rat infestation at the store’s bakery.
The rodent problem came to light when a customer, who had been shopping at the hypermarket with her toddler son, posted two videos on social media of a sizable rat scurrying along several pastry and bread-lined shelves of the bakery.
Worse still, one of the videos – which has since garnered over one million views – shows the rat nibbling on some of the buns on display, before scampering into hiding.
The stunned shopper, named Alia, posted the video to her Facebook account and related that when she informed Tesco employees about the rodent, they nonchalantly admitted the problem, but took no further action.
Frustrated by their lack of appropriate response, Alia lodged a report with the Health Department, a local news portal reported.
Alia updated her Facebook page today with a report that the hypermarket has since undergone a thorough clean-up.
This was echoed by a Tesco spokesperson who told the local news portal that the bakery had been painstakingly cleansed, and that all items which were on display have been destroyed.
He added that the hypermarket has implemented measures to prevent a similar incident from occurring in future.