Rodent-Infested Rhode Island Avenue Safeway Reopens was originally published on City Desk on Jan. 22, 2010, at 3:55 pm
The Safeway grocery at 514 Rhode Island Ave. NE that was shut down on Wednesday because of an apparent vermin infestation in the delicatessen has reopened. The question is: Are you brave enough to shop there?
The District's Department of Health ordered an immediate closure of the store after a routine inspection showed critical (and noncritical) health violations—including a mouse tail sticking out from a storage rack and dried blood on the meat refrigerator.
City Desk obtained the "Food Establishment Inspection Report," available for viewing here. Some highlights:
The inspector also found "food and trash on floors in rear storage area," "holes in the wall along floor in walk-in refrigerator where rodent droppings were observed," and "unclean handwashing sinks."
Safeway spokesperson Craig Muckle could not immediately be reached.