Video shows rats crawling through bags of Burger King buns

·News Reporter

A fastfood restaurant was shut down by the health department due to a “rat infestation”, after mobile phone footage caught rodents scampering through a bag of burger buns.

A customer filmed two rats crawling through bread at a Burger King store in Delaware, US, and shared the shocking footage to Facebook on Thursday, prompting health inspectors to take action.

In the six-second clip Shantel Johnson recorded, at least two rats could clearly be seen crawling through the burger buns, stacked atop pallets.

A customer filmed two rodents crawling through bread at a Burger King store in Delaware, US, and shared the shocking footage to Facebook, prompting health inspectors to take action. Source: Shantel Johnson / Facebook
A customer filmed two rodents crawling through bread at a Burger King store in Delaware, US, and shared the shocking footage to Facebook, prompting health inspectors to take action. Source: Shantel Johnson / Facebook

Don’t go to Burger King on 202,” she posted with the video, saying there were rats “running all over their buns”.

The take-away restaurant was forced to temporarily close its doors the following day, after health investigators found rodent droppings inside the burger and chicken rolls.

“On June 1, 2018, gross unsanitary conditions were identified during a complaint inspection,” a closure notice from the Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health read.

Health investigators found rodent droppings inside the burger and chicken rolls. Source: Shantel Johnson / Facebook
Health investigators found rodent droppings inside the burger and chicken rolls. Source: Shantel Johnson / Facebook

“In accordance with 8-404.11 of the State of Delaware Food Code, imminent hazards exist due to a rodent infestation.”

The health department found the plastic bags containing the buns had been chewed, while rodent droppings were found on the pallets the rolls were resting on, 7 News Miami reported.

The health department identified ‘gross unsanitary conditions’ a closure notice read. Source: Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health.
The health department identified ‘gross unsanitary conditions’ a closure notice read. Source: Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health.

A leak in the ceiling was also noted, and flies were entering the restaurant from a nearby drain.

A Burger King representative told local news the restaurant was independently owned and operated, but the company would investigate the matter to “ensure they take the appropriate measures”.

The store was permitted to reopen on Monday, after a follow-up health inspection reportedly declared all violations had been rectified.