Jan. 23, 2008
MONCTON (CNB) - Public Health officials are working with the Consumers Community Co-operative at 20 Record St., Moncton, to address a rodent infestation that has resulted in a voluntary closure of the grocery section of the store.
Dr. Denis Allard, medical officer of health for Region 1, said that anyone who purchased fresh produce or bakery goods at the store should not consume those products, and should dispose of them or contact the store if they wish a refund. Other products with packaging that appear intact should have the packaging wiped clean with water and a mild detergent prior to opening and use.
Allard said that Public Health inspectors visited the store Tuesday, Jan. 22, in response to a call from the public. As a result, bakery goods and fresh produce in the store is being removed and destroyed as a precaution, in case they might have been contaminated with rodent droppings or secretions. The store's food court has also been closed.
Allard said that the store will remain closed until it has been thoroughly cleaned, and that Public Health will closely monitor the situation once it reopens.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dr. Denis Allard, district medical officer of health for Region 1, will be available to meet with reporters at 2 p.m. TODAY, Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Regional Public Health Office, 81 Albert St., Moncton, to discuss the situation at the Record Street Co-op. Reporters should go to the front reception on the main floor, where they will be directed to the specific room. MEDIA CONTACTS: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Health, 506-457-3513; or Meghan Cumby, communications, Health, 506 457-3522.