Meredith Newman - Delaware Online
A Wilmington pizza place was temporarily closed by the health department in late December after an inspector found rodent droppings.
The Division of Public Health ordered Gino's Pizza, at 1402 Lancaster Ave., to close on Dec 26 due to an "imminent health hazard of rodent infestation," according to the inspection report. The business was allowed to reopen the next day.
A manager or owner could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday morning.
During the routine inspection, the state official discovered droppings on the floor behind the mixer, on the bottom of the prep table, on storage carts, under the slicer, under the front counter and on a pot cover, according to the inspection report.
A small insect was found on the chest freezer, and was immediately discarded by the person in charge, the inspector wrote in the report.
The official also noted that a food employee did not wash their hands after their lunch break. That employee then resumed preparing food.
The state health department forced at least 72 food establishments to close in 2019, 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.