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Grocery store has violations that date back to 2007

Grocery store has violations that date back to 2007

By Courtny Gerrish. CREATED Jul 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 11, 2013
MILWAUKEE -- A grocery store in Milwaukee has violations that date back years - that includes a rat problem. Here's what they were fined for this time.
Viet Hoa Supermarket on 49th and North has several violations. A cooler not cold enough: it was holding meat at 46 degrees instead of 41 or below.  A freezer so jammed with food it won't close, and whole fish not kept in bags, sitting in a freezer.  Owner Bill Nguyn told me they were building another freezer, and it was a temporary situation. But this was also a problem on past inspections. 
Other problems this supermarket keeps repeating?  Meat not being thawed safely, and a rat problem.  This time the inspector found droppings in the garage by a cooler.  Nguyn showed us exterminator receipts and says he's handling it.  
There was an ice machine with a layer of slime mold growing inside, and some packaged food was ripped. Nguyn blames his customers.
"They come in, tear it up," he says. "They just throw it all over on the floor." 
Nguyn told us he does his best to follow health guidelines, but all inspection reports for Viet Hoa, dating back to 2007, have lengthy violations including repeated problems with rats.
Another spot also having problems was Matty's Bar and Grille in New Berlin.  Some food was not kept cold enough, and there were some cross contamination risks.
One restaurant with a clean health inspection was Domino's Pizza on Oakland. 
Courtny Gerrish

Courtny Gerrish

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Courtny Gerrish started at TODAY'S TMJ4 on March 13, 2006. A graduate of Indiana University, Courtny first called Evanston, Illinois home.