Rodents scurry among buns at Burger King in Delaware

Roman Schwartz
June 7, 2018

The video was posted on Facebook last Thursday by Shantel Johnson, a resident of Wilmington.

Inspectors found mouse droppings on and inside hamburger buns and chicken sandwich rolls, as well as throughout the restaurant. The video posted to Facebook on Thursday by Wilmington resident Shantel Johnson warned the almost 700,000 viewers "Don't go to Burger King on 202 [Concord Pike]" along with a skull and crossbones and a pair of mouse emojis.

Dr Karyl Rattay from the Division of Public health sent a letter to the restaurant owner Rackon Restaurants LLC, ordering them close due to an "imminent health hazard" because of "gross unsanitary conditions" and "rodent infestation".

According to the initial report, droppings were also found near the ice machine, the water heater, syrup storage boxes and behind fryers.

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Andrea Wojcik, acting as a spokeswoman for the Division of Public Health said the Office of Food Protection received a complaint about the restaurant on Friday, June 1.

Additionally, officials said the plastic on the rolls had been chewed, and the pallets the rolls were on had rodent droppings. Inspectors were back at the Burger King at 2802 Concord Pike for a requested reinspection on Monday.

A Burger King representative told local news the restaurant was independently owned and operated, but the company would investigate the matter to "ensure they take the appropriate measures". Workers were also ordered to be retrained in "food security issues". After inspecting it again Monday, the department allowed it to reopen, as there was no mouse poop in the restaurant and the building had been sanitized.

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