BAKERSFIELD, CA - A Kern County Health Services inspector paid a visit to a local Dollar General Monday morning. The visit came after a 17 News viewer released disturbing pictures showing the store may be riddled with mice.
But, the inspector concluded Monday there is no infestation of mice at the Dollar General Market on the 2900 block of Niles Street. However, the inspector said the store admitted to having an issue in late March, early April.
Kern County Public Health said store staff found 14 mice in the Dollar General in the spring, but since then the Dollar General Market had pest control come out and the store said there wasn't any evidence of mice in May or June.
"At this time, there is no indication that there is an active infestation of mice," said Diana Wilson of Kern County Public Health Services. "There was in the past. It's been corrected. We did not seen any contamination of food, and it seems to be a very clean store, so I would not have a problem shopping at that location."
Dollar General corporate out of Nashville released a statement saying "Dollar General is committed to taking the appropriate steps to ensure a clean and pleasant shopping experience for our customers, as well as a clean and safe work environment for our employees."
If you see a health issue in the community. Kern County Public Health Services said there is an easy way to alert inspectors. It's an App called Safe Diner that you can find on the App Store on either the iPhone or Android. Using the app you can send in a complaint, pictures, and even video.
You can also call Kern County Public Health during normal business hours at 321-3000.