SF grocery store briefly closed due to rodent infestation

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Canyon Market, at 2815 Diamond St. In San Francisco, it was temporarily closed on Wednesday.

Canyon Market, at 2815 Diamond St. In San Francisco, it was temporarily closed on Wednesday.

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The San Francisco Department of Public Health temporarily closed Glen Park grocery store Canyon Market on Wednesday due to the rodent infestation. According to the San Francisco Chronicle (SFGATE and San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other), the store’s owner, Janet Tarlov, blamed the rat problem on a neighbor at a nearby BART station Leave plenty of bird food.

The Glen Park resident has allegedly been distributing pounds of bird food to feed pigeons at the Glen Park BART station and parking lot since February 2020, according to the Glen Park Association. Although Tarov has sought help from the health department since the problem began, the resident reportedly continued to dump bird food. It seems to be causing a rat problem in the neighborhood.

Tarloff told the Glenn Park Association that rodent damage to the canyon market has cost tens of thousands of dollars.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a health inspection of the Canyon Market that led to the closure found “evidence of rat droppings, pest nesting holes and other evidence of ‘serious rodent infestation’ on the food.” Markets reopened on Thursday.

“My office has been working with the owners for months on this issue – caused by one person distributing large amounts of bird food each day,” District 8 supervisor Rafael Mandelman wrote in a post tweet. “The DPH’s response was totally inadequate, other than punishing the first person to sound the alarm.”

Tarov told the Chronicle that the health department said a mental health specialist had been assigned to a neighbor who spread bird food.

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