One of the town’s long-established Chinese takeaways was given the thumbs up by council food inspectors this week following allegations that rodent droppings were found in a portion of prawn crackers.
The allegation was made against the New Lam Wah establishment following a complaint from a disgruntled customer, who sent a sample of the meal to food hygiene inspectors claiming it was mouse droppings.
This week, business owner Ivy Gao posted a letter from Scottish Borders Council’s food safety officer Mark Eccles on Facebook in which he states: “I have received a complaint regarding a meal purchased from New Lam Wah on Sunday, December 6. The complainant found foreign object in a bag of prawn crackers that they thought to be a mouse dropping.
“I did not consider the foreign object to be a mouse dropping. The item was shown to the council’s pest control officers and they are of the same opinion. The material is too black and angular to be a dropping, and on closer examination, it appears to be a piece of carbonised food.”
Mr Eccles added: “I do not intend to take any further action and I have informed the complainant of my findings.”
Posting on Facebook, business owner Ivy Gao thanked her customers for their support and added: “The past 11 days were not easy for me or my family. I tried to imagine what I would feel if I am a customer and heard these rumours.
“The food from the New Lam Wah has always been prepared in safe and hygienic conditions and we do not have rats.”