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Birds, Rats, Roaches, Mice Close Dean & Deluca

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- New details are emerging Thursday in the ordered sanitation closure of high-end Georgetown grocer Dean & Deluca.

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When we visited the Georgetown store Thursday, it had just reopened after passing a re-inspection.

WUSA9 cameras record apparent feces on Dean & Deluca patio

For a segment that will air Thursday at 11:00 pm on WUSA9, after the re-inspection, our Food Alert cameras recorded a live bird flying around Dean & Deluca's patio, stacked patio chairs covered with what looks like bird feces, and apparent rat feces just off the patio outside the glass enclosure.

An inspection report obtained by WUSA9 cites 19 violations including live birds and roaches,  as well as feces from rats and mice. Click here to see the report: Dean And Deluca Health Closure Report (PDF)

Dean & Deluca declined an on-camera interview and wouldn't allow our cameras in, but said they passed a health department re-inspection prior to reopening over the noon hour Thursday.

Health department report focuses on vermin

The inspection report also cited mold in the ice machine, food at unsafe temperatures, but focused on vermin.

"Live birds, rat droppings and mice droppings found inside of the cafe behind the soda reachin refrigerators and towards the back next to the rest rooms," the report states.  "Live roaches and mice droppings cited around the cheese section in the customer service and product display area."

"There was a complaint, which generated an inspection," said DC Health spokeswoman Najma Roberts.  "Inspection revealed rats, roaches, (and) mice infestation."

City officials classified conditions as an "imminent health hazard."

Dean & Deluca issues statement but doesn't answer questions

Dean & Deluca has not responded to multiple WUSA9 interview requests, but in a statement the grocery boutique blamed the vermin infestation mostly on a nearby construction project.

"We have been working closely with the health department today to immediately address all areas of concern, and are pleased to report that the market has re-opened," the statement said. "As always, Dean & Deluca is committed to offering our team and guests the cleanest and most hygienic environment, and we will continue to work tirelessly to achieve the highest standards."

The statement said it will temporarily close the patio café because of birds in the space, but guests can continue to sit in the area and eat food purchased inside the market.

The boutique grocer was cited for 13 sanitation violations in 2012, including failure to staff someone trained in managing food safety and food at unsafe temperatures.