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.”