For locals in northeast Queens, the good news is the bulk of local markets, groceries, pharmacies and convenience stores on your block are clean by state health standards.
But some are not.
According grocery store inspections for the area complied from state's Department of Agriculture and Markets, nine Bayside businesses failed for having one or more critical violations deemed health hazards to shoppers.
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At the top of the list stood Bagel Superette and Grocery, at 224-01 Union Turnpike in Bayside, which failed its most recent inspection after state workers found seven critical deficiencies that were deemed an "immediate threat to the public health and welfare."
The deficiencies included a total nine boxes of cat food on retail shelf were found to be infested with grain-type beetles as well as fresh mouse droppings and pieces of gnawed paper that were present inside the deli hand wash sink cabinet.
Additionally, portions of cold cuts stored in the deli display case were discolored and had putrid odor as well as slime and mold on the surfaces.
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An employee who answered the phone at the store would not comment on the violations, though according to the data the shop has only had one other inspection, in 2011, which it passed.
The same could not be said for the Waldbaums on Francis Lewis Boulevard. That store failed twice in 2012 and nine times total going back to 2009, most often due to issues with rodents. Though inspectors have not had to seize defiled food from there since 1999.
For Bayside-Douglaston Patch, we collected data on 124 markets in the area, ranging from major chain supermarkets to pharmacies and bodegas.
At Little Neck's New York Mart, inspectors failed most recently when inspectors found nine roasted ducks with unsafe internal temperatures. That market has failed seven times going back to 2007 for issues often involving rodent feces in the shop, non-refrigerated eggs and in one instance in 2007 there were dead fish in a tank that included live ones.
Jrs. Bagels and Deli, located at 222-10 Union Turnpike in Oakland Gardens, had four deficiencies, including as many as 10 to 20 live cockroaches that were found on baking trays in the store's bakery section between old parchment paper liners as well as mouse droppings were present behind the bakery proofer and on the bakery mixer stand.
But an employee for Jrs. Bagels and Deli told Patch that an inspector only cited the store for one deficiency in a more recent visit.
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"The only thing we got cited for was something in our unused storage area," he said. "Usually, the inspector doesn't even go down in that area. We fixed it within a week."
The following markets had at least two critical deficiencies: Oakland Gardens's K&L Deli Grocery, Little Neck's New York Mart and the Bayside Market, which closed in August.
At K&L, as many as 50 to 100 mouse droppings were spotted in the store on both the display shelves and deli counter.
Bayside's Peter's Hot Bagels and Little Neck's Kim's Happy Market, located at 39-02 Little Neck Parkway, each received one critical deficiency as well.