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Washington, D.C. (WUSA) - This week's WUSA9 Food Alert identifies violations ranging from rodents at Dunkin Donuts to McNuggets at unsafe temperatures at McDonald's and video showing rats startling our Food Alert crew.

See the video to watch two rats as they run out towards us at a Northeast produce warehouse and watch as we inspect that Thai restaurant for the signs of mice and rats found by inspectors.


McDonalds on M St. N.W. suspension

Inspectors cited 9 violations at McDonalds including Chicken McNuggets, hamburgers and grilled chicken at unsafe temperatures, and no hot water.

McDonalds passed a health department re-inspection and reopened prior to our visit.

McDonald's issued a statement saying it was an "unexpected decrease in our restaurant's hot water temperature" and it has "consistent procedures in place for checking" and "has reinforced those procedures to all employees."


Wang Produce on Morse St. N.E.

Inspectors cited 18 violations at Wang Produce including rodents, hand washing violations, and no one certified in food safety.

When we approached the warehouse, we videotaped two rats ran right in front of us.

The closure order cited rodent chewed egg cartons, rodent droppings on the floor and in crates and cartons.

The warehouse did not return our calls for comment.

Sam Wang passed a health department re-inspection and reopened prior to our visit.


Bangkok Garden on St. Elmo Avenue in Bethesda.

Health officers cited Bangkok Garden for 26 violations including rats, mice, roaches, food at potentially unsafe temperatures, and cross contamination control.

The establishment restaurant a health department re-inspection and reopened prior to our visit.

The manage allowed us to look in the kitchen and we did not find signs of rodents or other violations.


Dunkin Donuts on New Hampshire Ave. in Takoma Park Suspension

Prince George's County Health inspectors cited a rat burrow next to Dunkin Donut's dumpster, mouse droppings and mouse poison in donut case base.

We videotaped a dead rat at the dumpster, and the store operating without a food safety manager on duty. Dunkin Donuts says it dispatched a manager to inspect to the store and ensure it meets health standards.

Dunkin Donuts issued a statement saying it requires franchise operators to attend "training courses on proper health" and that they "immediately sent one of our certified operations managers" to the Takoma Park location.

The statement said "that all appropriate Dunkin' Donuts food safety guidelines are being followed.".


Delta Produce on 4th St N.E. Suspension

DC Inspectors cited Delta Produce Warehouse for five violations including no staff certified in safe food handling, and operating without a business license.

The establishment passed a health department re-inspection and reopened prior to our visit. The manager said the business license citation was created by a city hall paperwork mix-up.

All the businesses passed re-inspection and resumed normal food service.

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