Health Department closes grocery targeted by pickets

November 28, 1996|By Robert Guy Matthews | Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore City Health Department shut down a Park Heights neighborhood grocery store for food quality violations yesterday, just weeks after some residents picketed the store and alleged that the owners were selling outdated meat.

Health Department officials said that Canaan Discount Foods had an unpleasant odor and that inspectors have repeatedly ordered the owner, Eun Mu Lee, to discard contaminated meats and other food products.

"There are concerns about the products they were selling and cleanliness of the store," said Peter Beilenson, city health commissioner.

The store, on Park Heights Avenue at Hayward Avenue, will be closed until at least Dec. 13, when an appeals hearing will be held on the violations.

"The Health Department has worked with the owner to try and correct these problems; however, a resolution that protects the public health has not been found," Elias Dorsey, deputy health commissioner, said in a news release. "Consequently, we have been forced to close them down."

Beilenson said yesterday that inspectors have been to the store on at least three occasions. Each time, the owner was found to be in violation, he said.

Lee could not be reached yesterday for comment.

The store's manager, Dan Donovan, did not return calls to his home last night.

Pub Date: 11/28/96

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