A video of rat eating salad in Food Lovers Market has gone viral and is generating reactions from the public, about the state of hygiene and safety of consumers.

However, Food Lovers Market management is investigating a rodent problem after a video of a rat eating fresh food at one of its stores surfaced on social media.

In the video, posted on Facebook by Sipho Ndhlovu, a rat is seen eating food on display at the Diepkloof, Soweto, branch.

The food is covered with plastic in the store’s fresh food section.

A few seconds later, an employee is seen taking away the bowl of food, with the rat on top.

Food Lovers Market management said in a statement on January 6 2019 that it was aware of the video posted from Diepkloof Square.