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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- A review of inspections of an H Street N.E. McDonald's, which was suspended for continuing to operate despite a sewage back-up, shows previous violations since 2011 including storing buns in the bathroom, mice, and roaches.

In addition to the McDonald's suspension, the week ending October 5th, inspectors closed three additional establishments in the District, and seized food in a Prince George's County closure.

Inspectors say when they walked into McDonald's Express, 841 H St. N.E, the store was operating with a sewage back-up created by a broken garbage disposal.

Inspectors also recorded McDonald's chicken as being held at 133 degrees which is below the 141 degrees experts set as hot enough to slow contamination.

It wasn't the first time the H St. McDonald's has had a run-in with the health department.

Inspectors shut down the same McDonald's last year citing mice, unclean conditions, and operating with no hot water.

In 2011 inspectors cited the same McDonald's for roaches, dirty soda nozzles, and for storing their famous buns in the restroom.

McDonald's declined our interview request, but issued a statement.

"I take these matters seriously," said McDonald's Franchisee Bhupendra Shah
"The concerns...were corrected immediately."

"I am conducting additional training....specifically (to) include a review of food safety and health department requirements."

McDonald's entire response is posted at Facebook.com/russptacek.

In Landover, Md., at Nina International's warehouse on West Street, Prince George's County officials closed the distributor and seized products.

Inspectors reported fish at Nina that wasn't labeled and seized thousands of bottles of spices, citing FDA and customs regulations.

Health Auditors cited unapproved repackaging, relabeling and processing.

In Columbia Heights inspectors closed Johnny's Carryout on 14th Street N.W. citing gross unsanitary issues including a severe roach infestation throughout. The manager at Johnny's wouldn't allow us inside the kitchen.

But at ZZ Pizza and Kabob, 1500 North Capitol Street N.W., the owner allowed us in after a closure where inspectors reported two live rats jumping out of the trash.

Inspectors also cited the restaurant for unclean conditions

During our visit, we videotaped rat feces on the floor.

The owner said he's making improvements and although one hand washing sink had no towels, he said workers can use another sink that does.

The health department cited the restaurant for not providing workers towels to dry their hands.

ZZ's owner also showed us a contract with a rat exterminator he said is coming several times a week.

He pledged to make the restaurant safer and cleaner.

All the establishments passed re-inspection and were back in business before we checked them out ourselves. We tweet and facebook our findings - to know first, follow me at Facebook.com/russptacek and Twitter.com/russptacek.

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