SF Grocery Retailer Shutdown By Metropolis Blames Hen Seed Dropping Neighbor For Rats – The San Francisco Normal



A Glen Park grocery retailer was shut down Wednesday after proof of a rat infestation was flagged by town’s Well being Division.

Canyon Market co-owner Janet Tarlov blames a close-by neighbor who has been spreading chicken seed across the space since February 2020. 

Tarlov mentioned that rats have been an ongoing difficulty due to the chicken seed and that she has begged town to assist cope with the pests for greater than two years.

“It’s not been a hidden factor, I’ve been searching for steerage from the Well being Division for 2 and a half years,” mentioned Tarlov.

Tarlov is president of the Glen Park Retailers’ Affiliation and says that she usually has to wash up the chicken seed herself.

“I simply cleaned it up yesterday,” mentioned Tarlov on Thursday. “I clear it up on a regular basis. It’s the very first thing I do within the morning.”

Tarlov mentioned that an inspector from the Division of Public Well being got here in response to an nameless 311 grievance about rats in her retailer. 

In response to a replica of the 311 grievance offered by DPH, the grievance was made on Sept. 26 and notes a “persistent rat infestation” and “indicators of harm” together with chewed by means of meals packages and droppings.

Tarlov mentioned that the inspector noticed rat droppings within the retailer and instantly shut it down.

“I complain 100 instances and nothing occurs after which somebody complains as soon as and the shop will get shut down,” mentioned Tarlov.

DPH mentioned in an announcement that an inspector noticed rat droppings on cabinets, flooring and on prime of meals. In addition they discovered holes for rats to get by means of and chewed meals packages. 

Tarlov claims the shop has misplaced between $50,000 and $100,000 resulting from contaminated meals that needed to be thrown out, repairing chewed wires, broken partitions and cleansing prices.

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DPH mentioned they will reopen the shop Thursday or as quickly as the shop is completely cleaned, entry factors for rats are plugged and that it has proof of a licensed pest management service.

Tarlov mentioned she is cleansing the shop and hopes that she will reopen instantly.

“We simply need to get the shop open and put this entire factor behind us,” mentioned Tarlov.

Native Supervisor Rafael Mandelman confirmed the proprietor contacted his workplace.

He mentioned that the resident spreading chicken seed needs to be advised to stop and desist.

“I really feel there needs to be some compensation as a result of she’s been pushing for this for years,” mentioned Mandelman. “It’s a tragic and irritating story.”



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