Trinidad Market & Deli Shuttered For Violations
The Trinidad Market and Deli (Trinidad and Florida) was closed late last week for health code violations. The closure lasted the weekend, and will likely last at least through Monday. Here's an email from the Department of Health on the closure:
Good Morning Ms. Thompson,
Today we issued a summary suspension of the food product license forvTrinidad Market and Deli. The facility was operating out of the purviewvof their licensure. A food product license does not allow anyone to sell items too the public that are potentially hazardous / ready to eat. The
facility was selling pickles that customers may access directly in addition to cups of ice.
With respect to violations, I've never seen a facility with so many flies in ten years of experience. There were 9 fly traps spread throughout the store and several dead flies noted on top of some food products. We also found mice droppings on shelves and some evidence of tampering with food. The hand sink was in disrepair giving them less incentive to wash hands and the certified food supervisor was not present upon our arrival to enforce such a practice.
I told them to have the exterminator contact me directly so that I can instruct him / her to address the situation behind the walls of the store. Those horse flies are coming from dead and rotting material somewhere and we will find out where as this situation plays out.
Mr. Brown's staff also addressed the outside area and some of those areas are covered on the inspection sheet. I can provide copies of the pictures later when the inspector returns this afternoon.
I also took time to visit the man next door as he showed me the horrible conditions by which he and his family are being forced to live in. Folks, this is an unacceptable situation and we will try and do everything possible to correct. I envision the store being closed at least through the weekend and depending on what the exterminator can or can't do, we will revisit then.
Obviously this will be an ongoing situation but I think if we continue to work as one, it can be corrected. I stressed to all parties involved that as long as their neighbors, they will have to work together. We will try to facilitate that.
Robert L. Sudler, Jr.
DC Department of Health
Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division
825 North Capitol St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
The complaint came from an adjacent neighbor who had to rip out drywall fdue to rats that appear to have come from the market. Even after ripping out walls they were unable to get rid of the rotting dead rat smell. Even with the drywall removed the smell of rot remains. The residents complained to the store owner, but reportedly the shop owner declined to pay for the damage that it appears he caused. The homeowner fears replacing the drywall until the rat problem is abated. My personal suggestion is to avoid this store (at least until he pays restitution, and cleans up his act). I won't give my money to an irresponsible business owner who shows such blatant disrespect for his neighbors.