Rodents found in bakery, pizza restaurant

Wayne Thibodeau
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Problems now rectified at Greco in Kensington and Nick's in Charlottetown

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A pizza restaurant and a bakery have been warned to take action after evidence of rodents were found in their facilities by Environmental Health inspectors.

Environmental Health issued the warnings to Greco Pizza/Captain Submarine on Broadway Street in Kensington and to Nick’s Bakery, Deli and Convenience on St. Peters Road in Charlottetown.

Joe Bradley, with Environmental Health, says inspectors discovered activity that would suggest rodents were in a second-floor storage room at Greco Pizza/Captain Submarine in Kensington.

It was found during a routine inspection Sept. 16. The problem had not been completely rectified by the time a follow-up inspection took place Oct. 7 so a warning letter was issued.

Bradley said they have ordered a clean-up for the second-floor storage room and asked that supplies and old equipment be stored on shelves.

“There was no evidence present in the food preparation area,” Bradley told The Guardian.

“Our understanding is that there was some building demolition nearby, which probably impacted the situation.”

Bradley said Greco/Captain Sub hired a licensed pest control company. He said a follow-up inspection Nov. 14 showed the problem had been rectified.

“The store manager is working very hard with us. They are doing everything that they can.”

Nick’s Bakery, Deli and Convenience showed evidence of a mice infestation during a routine inspection on Oct. 4. 

There was still evidence of mice during a follow-up inspection on Oct. 26 so the health warning was issued. A Nov. 15 inspection showed the problem was under control.

“The operator has been working very, very hard since that time,” said Bradley. “They have done a significant clean-up.”

Panda’s Quik Mart in Bloomfield received a warning for operating without an approval certificate and for not having thermometers in refrigeration units that store ready-made subs.

Panda’s isn’t the only food establishment operating without an approval certificate.

Five food establishments received similar warnings for operating without an approval certificate.

They include Atlantic Superstore #376 on University Avenue in Charlottetown, Domino Pizza in Charlottetown, Empire Theatre (Studio 5) in Summerside, Gateway Petroleum in Borden-Carleton, Lot 30 Restaurant and Wine Bar on Kent Street in Charlottetown.

Bradley said all food establishments should check the outside and inside of their buildings to control any entry points for rodents. He said it’s also important to keep establishments clean and not store products on the floor so evidence of rodents can be easily detected.

“Rodents are known to carry pathogens or disease-causing organisms and the fact they might have access to improperly stored or uncovered food and there is the potential for the spread of disease.”

Organizations: The Guardian, Domino Pizza

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Kensington, Broadway Street Peters Road Summerside Borden-Carleton

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  • Islander
    December 04, 2011 - 09:21

    Read the acticle .. it never said kthat lotl 30 or t he others mention had issues it said ....... warnings for operating without an approval certificate. it could have simply expired .. bad choice to throw that in at end of story ... people who don't ,read would think all them hjad mopsue issues .

    • islandboy
      December 08, 2011 - 21:33

      I would not buy ANYTHING from Nicks. It is obvious this place is managed very poorly.

  • dm
    November 30, 2011 - 17:51

    figured lot 30 would be at least clean all the money their making

    • again read all of it
      December 01, 2011 - 09:53

      Again those are the cleanest resturants in charlottetown, Lot 30 As well as superstore and Domino's didn't pay a $35.00 fee that's all they did wrong. Relax and enjoy there great food. The still got inspected just missed a letter in the mail. Sad that Clarical errors are mixed into this artical. Gaurdian great job of explaining the rodent issue. Terrible job explaing the other names in here just didn't pay a $35 fee.

  • NOT CUTE LIKE MICKEY
    November 28, 2011 - 14:37

    Re:PJONES...the little buggers may be covert at hiding but as far as making their presence known...Oh you know if you have mice ! Those little tel-tale-turds mean only one thing...buddy,you have an unwelcomed guest/guest's,the 13th at the table & they begin leaving those tel-tale-turds from day one.More importantly,how do you get rid of them.I've just gone through this battle & I feel some what of an expert.Never mind the poison...buy those plastic traps...you get a couple in a bubble pack for about 10 $ .They're the easiest...little dab of peanut butter,put them where the turds are & SNAP ! As long as you don't mind dealing with the end result.

  • Chinchek
    November 28, 2011 - 14:31

    hmm Natural things acting naturally, where has the world gone wrong. Contamination isnt only a "rodent" thing, i mean, we humans do sneeze, cough, sweat, lose hair, lose dead skin, etc.. anywhere and anytime. See where i am getting at, so there is something for you to think about. Sanitation, oh dear sanitation despenser, i wonder why almost every restaurant is required to have one. If we humans are perfect and non-contaminating, then why do we need hand sanitizers... oh and head dresses, i wonder why we need those too. Just because you cant see dead skin, doesnt mean its not in your food. i mean all those hands and human debris falling into the food while being prepared... i'm getting hungry, but i must boil everything now because i instilled fear in me... Again, humanity you make me laugh in your way of reasoning.

  • Would Be Nice
    November 28, 2011 - 12:55

    I wouldn't go as far as Mell and say it's the Guardians responsibility, but it would be very nice if somehow they were able to make this kind of information public

    • Shelley
      November 28, 2011 - 16:32

      TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE ! UNEXCUSIBLE ! This information is available to THE PUBLIC in monthly Reports Of All HRM-Halifax Co. Eating Establishments as it is elsewhere in Canada. PEI forever 25 years behind the rest of this Country, even the rest of Mritime Canada, hash't and should have been making same Public Reports. It's very dangerous to anyone & everyone's Health to have germ carrying Rodents and Insects anywhere, especially to everyone with compromised immune systems. ANYONE who thinks differently is IMO an ignorant, apathetic No Mind.

  • pjones
    November 28, 2011 - 12:09

    It's not these establishments fault that critters moved in, having once discovered mice in my own house I can tell you they are pretty covert buggers, very good at hiding their presence. The important thing is that the businesses took vigorous action to get rid of them.

  • SLAINTE MHATH
    November 28, 2011 - 12:07

    Oh No !!! And I thought it was just unground pepper from a pepper mill on my pizza pie all this time !!!

  • David
    November 28, 2011 - 12:06

    The place that concerns me even more then the pizza places is Lot 30 Restaurant. Lot 30 is supposedly a higher end restaurant with the prices to say so and yet even this place is was found to be in violation. As a past customer of Lot 30 I know I will be looking elsewhere after seeing this.

    • huh
      November 28, 2011 - 14:04

      Having rodents in your eatery concerns me a lot more than not having an Approval Certificate.

    • MinnieMouse
      November 28, 2011 - 17:33

      So you don't mind eating mouse s^^t, you just don't want to pay a high price for it. Is that what you are saying?

    • Clarical Error
      November 29, 2011 - 14:09

      David, Lot 30 didn't pay a $35.00 fee that's all they did wrong. Relax and enjoy there great food. The still got inspected just missed a letter in the mail. Sad that Clarical errors are mixed into this artical. Gaurdian great job of explaining the rodent issue. Terrible job explaing the other names in here just didn't pay a $35 fee.

  • natalie
    November 28, 2011 - 11:59

    This is a response to MOM. Even though some of us had mice in our homes, are you willing to pay for contaminated food?

    • MOM
      November 28, 2011 - 14:48

      Not willingly, Natalie, but it appears that I do quite often, it's something I only discover to my chagrin!

  • Mell
    November 28, 2011 - 11:41

    It is good to see this type of publication in the newspaper. Customers at all eating establishments are vulnerable to places that have unsanitary health issues. Just not keeping places clean, in general, is unsanitary. I firmly endorse publication of all food and restaurant outlets served to the public by the Guardian, and this should be a fufilment of responsibility on their part to obtain all inspections from the Health Unit and publicize them in the newspaper.

  • tim
    November 28, 2011 - 10:47

    "There was still evidence of mice during a follow-up inspection on Oct. 26 so the health warning was issued. A Nov. 15 inspection showed the problem was under control." Please define UNDER CONTROL...did they just put out some traps??? And if on the second inspection on Oct 26th (after the initial inspection on Oct 4th) nothiung was done why did they get a THIRD kick at the can, so-to-speak? Should the establishment in question not have been effectively shut down on Oct 4th and get their act cleaned up? Why did it take so long to have these violations acted upon? Mmmmmm.....maybe rodent was their special of the day ans I missed out *sad face*...'meh

    • MOM
      November 28, 2011 - 11:27

      Now you know what MOST of the island residents have always lived with -- and most of us survived these disgusting co-habitors : )