A Swedish grocery store in Åre, popular with Norwegians who cross the border to shop at lower prices, was shut down by local authorities after an inspection of storage areas uncovered old food, rodents, insects, garbage and other conditions that posed a health threat.
The store, Storlein Handel, is located just two kilometers over the border and catered to Norwegians. Several customers told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that they were surprised by the reports and found them “scary.”
Inspectors told Sveriges Radio and NRK that they found food with sell-by dates as long as 10 years ago, and evidence that sell-by dates had been illegally altered on other food products still for sale. They also found rodents in all storage areas along with insects inside packaged food.