(Feb. 2, 10:08 a.m.) TORONTO -- A Loblaws supermarket in downtown Toronto has reopened after being closed for a week following the alleged discovery of a rodent infestation.

According to the Toronto Star, a 28-year-old customer alerted Toronto Public Health on Jan. 25 after reportedly seeing a mouse scurrying among mesh bags of almonds in the snack aisle and finding droppings nearby. Inspectors closed the store the next day.

Jim Chan, manager of food safety for Toronto Public Health, said the company faces three charges related to the "heavy" infestation and improper food handling that could result in fines of up to $25,000 each.

An initial statement released by Loblaw Cos. Ltd. blamed the "isolated incident on a combination of factors including recent store construction, cold weather and the breakdown of the pest control processes."

The store, which was given a green pass certificate after its last inspection in September, was cleared by health inspectors on Jan. 29, but the company decided not to reopen until Feb. 2.

In a statement issued Jan. 30, Loblaws said it was replacing all fresh food in the store including bakery, produce, seafood, meat and deli.

"We are also taking this opportunity to conduct a thorough retraining of all store employees on process and procedures," the statement read. "As part of this process, we will be conducting store audits every 48 hours by an independent third party when the store reopens."

Loblaw Cos. Ltd., a subsidiary of George Weston Ltd., is Canada's largest food distributor.

Toronto Loblaws store reopens after vermin scare
Signs on the doors of a Toronto Loblaw's told consumers the store had been temporarily closed to deal with a pest problem.