A Birmingham sports hall has been banned from holding wedding receptions and other functions after council inspectors uncovered mice-infested kitchens and toilets.
Emergency action to protect public health was taken following a city-wide survey into premises used for catering at weekends which found widespread evidence of poor hygiene standards.
More than half of 41 caterers providing food for mostly Asian weddings at halls and community centres were breaching environmental health regulations, the survey found.
A prohibition order was served on the privately-run hall, which is not being named by the council.
Managers at a second hall, also privately run, were warned that they would be prosecuted.
Jacqui Kennedy, senior assistant director of regulatory services at the council, said there was concern at the activities of scores of small-scale caterers in Birmingham who were preparing huge quantities of food overnight for weekend events without sufficient space or refrigeration to do so safely.
Mrs Kennedy added: ?Most of the problems found during weekend inspections were associated with the transportation of food and the actions of the caterers supplying it, but serious problems were also found with hygiene conditions at two privately run halls.
?Although the food was provided from outside, the kitchens at these halls where the food was served were found to be filthy, in poor structural condition and in one case had filthy lavatories and was infested with mice.?
Of the 67 premises inspected, 24 did not carry out temperature checks on food, 13 stored food at the wrong temperature and 14 had hygiene problems. Once, food was rancid when it arrived.