Domino’s Pizza has paid $4 million to save the company’s Danish franchise after a shocking TV expose revealed their horrific rat-infested conditions.
Investigative program Operation-X also revealed how staff at Domino’s Pizza Scandinavia had been ordered to systematically relabel out-of-date food to serve to customers and forced to work in terrible working conditions with shocking hygiene.
But it was the extreme rat infestation - including enormous amounts excrement and rat paw prints at one store - which shocked many customers.
The franchise - which was the largest in Denmark before the TV investigation - was forced to close after the scandal.
But now Domino’s has agreed to pay $4 million for the company-owned stored and other assets. They have confirmed the deal will be finalised in the coming months and they plan to have 20 stores back up and running within the year.
In the TV show, former employees and managers told how they were trained to relabel food items to reduce waste costs and extend their shelf life.
“The problem with systematically changing dates is that they can totally lose track of how old the food is. It can result in food old enough to be harmful to your health,” said Charlotte Kølln, the head of the Operation-X team.
It was revealed that 21 of the 30 stores were found to be breaking food regulations, while one Domino’s contained ‘rat-paw prints and massive amount of excrement.’