Meredith Newman -Delaware Online
The kitchen area of a Wilmington Citgo was temporarily closed by the health department last week after an official found mouse droppings in condiment to-go cups and to-go containers.
The Division of Public Health ordered the Citgo, at 601 Concord Ave., to close its kitchen area on Jan. 13 due to an imminent health hazard and gross, unsanitary conditions, according to the inspection report. This did not include the retail area of the convenience store.
A manager said Tuesday that the kitchen area was reopened on Jan. 14 and that all of the issues had been fixed.
The inspection stemmed from a complaint, in which a person observed "a lot of mouse droppings near the Hot Food and coffee stations ... Veggies had little bite marks, cookie bags were chewed."
During the inspection, the health official found droppings throughout the coffee station, according to the report. The inspector also saw droppings on the sliding door of the hot food freezer, in addition to under refrigeration, shelves, and on retail shelves directly next to and behind packaged products.
To reopen, the health inspector wrote that the business needed to do a thorough, deep cleaning of the kitchen area. The kitchen also needed to throw away contaminated utensils and to-go containers and hire a pest service company.
Seven food establishments have been closed by the health department this year. In 2019, the state closed 72 food establishments, often citing gross, unsanitary conditions.
The News Journal has created an online database for readers to view those inspection reports because the state has again delayed its own. More than 120 food establishments have been ordered to close by the state's health department since 2017.
Customers who want to anonymously report unsanitary conditions at Delaware food establishments can call a hotline at 302-744-4736. Inspectors follow up on complaints.
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