Giant Food store reopens after infestation

May 28, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON AND BRADLEY OLSON

The Giant Food store in the Rotunda shopping center in North Baltimore reopened yesterday after being closed Friday by city health inspectors because of a pest infestation.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the city's health commissioner, said Giant had 40 to 50 workers cleaning and sanitizing the store, as well as patching holes. The store reopened just before 1 a.m. yesterday after a health inspector reviewed the facility.

Inspectors were called to the store in the 700 block of W. 40th St. on Friday in response to complaints. A mouse infestation was discovered throughout the store, and flies were found in the bakery area.

Representatives from Giant will appear before health officials Tuesday to review the situation and the company's response.

Barry Scher, a spokesman for Giant, said customers should not be concerned about the store.

"The store has been given a clean bill of health by the city Health Department, and we reopened earlier this morning," he said yesterday.

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