WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - In this week's Food Alert, we have five closures -- including one which was sparked by a WUSA9 viewer who contacted us via Facebook about a 7-Eleven with rodents, in Montgomery County inspectors issued a citation for a worker living in the back of a specialty grocery, and a Little Caesars and others were suspended for operating without running water.
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WUSA9 viewer complaint prompts 7-Eleven closure for rodents
When a WUSA9 viewer contacted me on Facebook complaining about the 7-Eleven on South Capitol St. SW being unresponsive to her concerns about a mouse and roach inside the store, I suggested she contact the health department.
She did, and soon messaged me back reporting that, based upon what she had told me, the District of Columbia Health Department had taken action at the Southwest convenience store.
DC records indicate inspectors responded and shut the 7-Eleven down, citing hot dogs at unsafe temperatures, a live roach under the nachos display, rodent droppings inside the store and out, a large rat behind the store, and no certified food manager on duty.
Watch the video to see a worker who claimed to be a certified food manager wave his card in front of our cameras, but refuse to show it slow enough for us to determine whether it was valid.
Below you'll find contact information for area health departments, so you can report violations too.
Montgomery County specialty grocer cited for "living quarters" in back of store and unsanitary conditions
Watch the video to see what we found in the bathroom and on the storage room floor at Chennai Spices on Quince Orchard Rd. in Gaithersburg.
Inspectors cited the specialty grocery store for roaches, using the store as living quarters with a toddler in the back, no paper towels in the bathroom, and dirty equipment, floors and walls.
Hyattsville Chinese restaurant closed for operating with no hot water
Prince George's County officials say a water main break disrupted water service to several restaurants that continued operating without running water including Hearty's, Checkers, and Little Caesars.
Inspectors closed Hearty's Chinese on Queens Chapel Rd in Hyattsville for operating with no running water.
The inspection also cited no paper towels, no soap, and food stored on the ground.
Checker's closed for operating with no hot water
In addition to operating with no running water, inspectors cited Checkers on Queen's Chapel Rd. for an expired health department permit and for having a sick off-duty employee in the back of the store.
The health department ordered all Checker's food destroyed.
Little Caesars on Queens Chapel was also operating without running water.
All the restaurants passed re-inspection and were allowed to reopen prior to our visit.
How to notify inspectors of filth and other food risks
If you identify a health risk at a restaurant, grocery store or other food establishment, a complaint to your local health department would likely result in an official inspection within 48 hours.
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District of Columbia Health Dept.
Montgomery County Health Dept.
240-777-3986 or Montgomery County 311
Fairfax County Health Dept.
Prince George's County Health Dept.
301-883-7690 or Prince George's County 311
Arlington County Health Dept.
Alexandria Health Dept.
Loudon County Health Dept.
703 777 0234