Moan’s Oriental Market, 2022 S. Craycroft Road - photo courtesy of Google earth

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History: The market has had a mixed inspection history since the early 2000s, earning mostly goods but also a number of needs improvement ratings and just a few excellent ratings. This was its first failed inspection.

What the inspector saw: The county inspector observed six priority violations, including rotting vegetables attracting fruit flies, numerous food packages with obvious “rodent damage,” rodent droppings scattered throughout the mark, and an “extensive rodent infestation throughout the whole store.” Other findings included pesticides stored improperly, extensive accumulation of garbage, and at least 10 feral cats and cat feces around the premises. The inspector noted a strong odor of cat urine and garbage, and a photo provided by the health department shows a skeletonized rodent corpse stuck on a glue trap covered in a thick layer of bugs.

Follow-up: A follow-up inspection had not occurred by deadline, according to online county records.

Response: A message was left for an owner or manager, but was not returned by deadline.

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Pima County reporter and Road Runner columnist for the Arizona Daily Star