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Photo Gallery: PHOTOS: Mice Feces And Flies At Grocery Passed By Inspectors
  • Avenue Supermarket at 5010 New Hampshire Avenue NW
  • Avenue Supermarket at 5010 New Hampshire Avenue NW
  • Avenue Supermarket at 5010 New Hampshire Avenue NW
  • Avenue Supermarket at 5010 New Hampshire Avenue NW
  • Avenue Supermarket at 5010 New Hampshire Avenue NW
  • Avenue Supermarket at 5010 New Hampshire Avenue NW
  • Avenue Supermarket at 5010 New Hampshire Avenue NW
    

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)  -  One week after District of Columbia Department of Health inspectors passed a grocery store and allowed it to re-open to the public, 9 Wants to Know photographed mouse droppings and flies while examining shelves and refrigerated racks.

"The smell hits you right when you walk in, of rodent urine," said customer Dave Magee whose original complaint resulted in a temporary closure at the store. "It smells almost like kitty litter."

9 Wants to Know reviewed temporary closures at five area food establishments, including restaurants, suspended for violations including bad smells, mice, roaches and/or licensing issues last week.

The grocery store Magee complained about, Avenue Supermarket at 5010 New Hampshire Avenue NW, was shuttered by inspectors for outdated meat, mice droppings, no hot water, and flies.

The store passed a District inspection two days later.

On Wednesday, after it passed inspection, we photographed flies on a package of bacon, under the wire rack in the meat counter, on a tub in the dairy, and in the produce section.

We also photographed mouse droppings in the sugar and bread aisles.

Customers say they rely on the store as the only market within walking distance and they want to believe it is safe.

"Every time I go in there, someone is cleaning something," said customer Ron Harden.

" I hope you're not, like, shutting it down," said a store employee when she saw us observing the conditions.

Across town, a week after the District OK'd Warehouse Supermarket, 1918 14th Street SE, to re-open, we photographed flies in the produce section and in refrigerated racks.

Inspectors closed Warehouse last week citing flies, thawed frozen foods, food at unsafe temperatures and in spoiled and molded condition.

Inspectors closed the popular Convention Center area café at United House of Prayer, Saint's Paradise at 601 m. St. NW for insects and gross unsanitary conditions.

In Adam's Morgan at Sawah Diner, 2222 and 2224 18th St NW, inspectors reported roach infestation in the basement and 17 other violations resulting in closure.

Health department records indicate this wasn't the first time for Sawah.

A May inspection report indicates inspectors found mouse dropping throughout the restaurant including the shelves and where restaurant wash the dishes and cookware.

23 violations, including roaches and a license violation, resulted in a closure at Mama's Kitchen, 1208 Maple View Place SE.

The restaurants and the grocery stores all passed re-inspections and are back in business. We'll let you know if inspectors return to those grocery stores after seeing what we saw.

If you know of health threats, corruption, or government waste, contact 9 Wants to Know at tips@wusa9.com.

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