The Terrible Ten: Westchester County's Dirtiest Supermarkets
based on 2005 state sanitary inspection reports
An inspection conducted on July 2, 2005 found 50-100 fresh mouse droppings on store shelves throughout the retail area. Thirty pounds of coconut flakes, Nestles Morsels and Mini Kisses being offered for sale on store shelves were found to be rodent-defiled with mouse droppings, gnaw marks and urine stains. These items were seized and destroyed. Ice cream, frozen foods and packaged deli meat products were also found to be stored at temperatures insufficient to prevent spoilage. These items were restored to their proper temperatures during the inspection. A dirty basement housing unused equipment and other debris was cited as a likely harborage for rodents, insects or vermin.
A May 24, 2005 inspection found 20-50 fresh mouse droppings on the retail food shelves, alongside the pasta products and soft drinks. A cat was also noted in the rear storage area.
JG Deli & Food
A July 21, 2005 inspection found numerous pest violations. Approximately 3-5 live cockroaches were seen walking on the customer service counter, 5-8 live cockroaches were found on glue boards underneath the retail chips display rack, and 8-10 more were noted in food storage bags in the deli food preparation area. Live flies were also noted, with 30-40 flying around in the retail and food storage areas, and 15-30 more flying around and landing on food contact surfaces in the deli food prep area. A rat carcass was also found at the entrance of the beverage storage room in the basement.
Pak Asian Grocery
A June 30, 2005 inspection turned up 20-50 fresh mouse droppings on retail shelves and an additional 20-50 fresh mouse droppings scattered around the perimeter of the retail display floor. Between 25 and 50 older mouse droppings were also found on the retail floor and on the racks used to display snack foods. A crowded basement where unused equipment is stored was cited as a likely harborage for rodents, insects or vermin.
On August 8, 2005, an inspector found a dead mouse carcass on a glue board underneath the chips display rack in the retail area of the store. He also noted 5-8 mouse droppings on the dog food display shelf and 3-5 mouse droppings on the canned biscuit display shelf. Live flies were also noted flying about in the retail area. An additional 30-40 mouse droppings of various ages were found in the deli preparation area in a cabinet under the equipment wash sink.
Roland Super Food
A June 8, 2005 re-inspection prompted by a consumer complaint about dust from neighboring construction getting into the foods found 5-10 fresh mouse droppings in a deli food cabinet and 20-50 fresh mouse droppings on retail food shelves alongside various snack foods. Older mouse dropping were also present with 10-20 found in the deli cabinet and 5-10 on a retail shelf. A cat was noted in the establishment and a crowded storage area was cited as a likely harborage for rodents, insects or vermin.
A September 28, 2005 re-inspection found a grime-encrusted meat grinder and a variety of pest-related violations. Approximately 10-20 fresh mouse droppings were found in the equipment storage cabinets in the food preparation area. Between 20 and 30 live cockroaches were noted in a door frame of the toilet room in the food preparation area less than three feet away from food preparation tables and the walk-in meat cooler. An additional 5-10 cockroaches were seen walking along the floor and table legs at the equipment wash sink. Approximately 10-20 live flies were present in the food preparation area and were seen landing on food preparation counters, and 10-20 more were found in the toilet room where they were seen landing on soiled surfaces and in a soiled cat litter box.
Tineo Family Grocery
An August 5, 2005 inspection found 5-10 fresh mouse droppings on the top counter of the deli cold case, 5-10 live cockroaches on the toilet area door frames and two empty bags of rodent-defiled bread on the deli counter. The sink in the toilet area also lacked hot water for adequate hand washing and the establishment was conducting food processing activities, by cooking foods on the premises for retail sale, without a valid state license.
United Deli & Grocery
A July 13, 2005 inspection found five fresh mouse droppings on a retail shelf and a fresh mouse carcass on the floor of the rear storage area. Hand wash sinks in the toilet and deli prep area lacked hot water, as did the sink used to wash food contact equipment. Inspectors also found cockroach droppings on the walls in the rear of the establishment.
Valentine Deli Grocery
A September 6, 2005 re-inspection resulted in the seizure and destruction of 14 pounds of beetle and beetle larvae-infested chick peas and 7 pounds of beef and chicken-filled pastry products stored at an unsafe temperature for an unknown amount of time. Numerous pest violations were also cited, including 10-20 live beetles and beetle larvae found on a retail shelf alongside various bean products, 20-30 fresh mouse droppings on retail shelves containing canned foods and snack cakes, an additional 10-20 fresh mouse droppings on the bottom shelf of the deli prep table, and at least 5 live flies in the deli food preparation area. Two mouse carcasses were found on a glue board in the kitchen area and 20-30 dead flies were found hanging from a fly strip in the deli area. A deli meat slicer and equipment wash sink were also found to be excessively soiled and inadequately sanitized.