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Japan's FamilyMart convenience chain apologises for rats in store

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Furthermore, diseases like salmonellosis and leptospirosis can be contracted from food or liquid contaminated with rodent faeces or urine.

It's a real rat race - down the side of the refrigerated goods section.

A convenience store in Tokyo has been forced to shut after rats were filmed scampering down the walls, along shelves and across aisles.

The video, which was circulating on social media on Monday, shows around six rats wandering around the store, particularly right next to sushi displays.

However, there wasn't any definite proof whether it happened in the same Family Mart convenience store as the first post or not.

The BBC could not independently verify the authenticity of the video.

The incident occurred at one of its stores in Tokyo's popular Shibuya district.

'We apologize deeply for making you feel uncomfortable and uneasy, ' the statement read.

The unappetizing footage, posted to Twitter on Sunday, has been viewed more than 5 million times.

FamilyMart has since closed the outlet until further notice for the "unsanitary" footage that made customers "uneasy".

The company also added that it "will proceed with measures such as disinfection", whilst also removing and carefully disposing of any tainted products found in the store.

We hope that the convenience store will be able to get rid of the rodents as soon as possible.

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