Update on Brightwood’s Safeway from Council Member Muriel Bowser:
“About an hour ago, the Safeway located at Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road, NW has re-opened after correcting violations cited by the Department of Health.
The Department of Health has released their official report about the Safeway that can be found here.
I’m highly concerned with the observations made in this report. My priority is to ensure that only quality produce and groceries are available to the residents and families in our neighborhoods. I will be meeting with Safeway officials to demand and guarantee that they meet the standards that our community deserves.”
From the DoH official report:
“Location is infested with vermin, mice and rats. [continue reading at your own risk] Mice feces observed throughout the deli prep area, bakery goods display for sale case(s), bakery production area, rear storage areas, electrical panel room, walkin refrigeration unit for dairy and the walkway used for storage in the rear leading to the loading dock. Rat feces dropping from ceiling area in the bakery prep room and observed on cutting board below open panels. Mice feces observed on the floors and counters in all of the above mentioned locations, one mouse observed on glue trap adjacent cleaning supply storage rack on the floor. Eliminate harborages and eradicate vermin by professioanl means, 30-day eradication plan required.”