Health department temporarily closes SF's Canyon Market amid rodent infestation

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

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

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The San Francisco Department of Public Health temporarily shut down Glen Park grocery store Canyon Market on Wednesday because of a rodent infestation. The store's owner, Janet Tarlov, blamed the rat problem on a neighbor leaving large piles of birdseed at the nearby BART station, reported the San Francisco Chronicle (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another).?

The Glen Park resident has allegedly been scattering pounds of birdseed to feed pigeons at the Glen Park BART station and parking lot since February 2020, according to the Glen Park Association. Despite Tarlov's ongoing requests for help from the health department since the issue began, the resident reportedly continues to dump birdseed. And it appears to have brought a rat problem to the neighborhood.?

Damage to Canyon Market from rodents has cost them tens of thousands of dollars in damage, Tarlov told the Glen Park Association.?

The health inspection of Canyon Market resulting in the shutdown found "rat droppings on food items, holes where vermin make nests and other evidence of a 'severe rodent infestation,'" according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The market reopened Thursday.

"My office has been working with the owners for months to resolve this issue--caused by a person distributing mass quantities of birdseed daily," wrote District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman in a tweet. "DPH's response has been wholly inadequate, except to punish the person sounding the alarm in the 1st place."

Tarlov told the Chronicle that the health department said a mental health specialist had been assigned to the birdseed-spreading neighbor.

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