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Oakland Chinese restaurant cited for live rats in prep kitchen

Theresa Clift
| Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Little Asia on Craig Street in Pittsburgh’s North Oakland neighborhood. PHOTO BY HOLLY GALLAGHER VIA GOOGLE MAPS
Little Asia on Craig Street in Pittsburgh’s North Oakland neighborhood. PHOTO BY HOLLY GALLAGHER VIA GOOGLE MAPS

The Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Little Asia in North Oakland after inspectors found rats in the basement prep kitchen.

During a visit Tuesday to the restaurant at 301 S. Craig St., county inspectors found one live rat behind a water heater in the basement and one climbing dry shelving, according to an inspection report posted to the county website.

The restaurant’s owner did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Inspectors also found a bag of rice that had been chewed and rat droppings in a box of rice noodles, the report said. Inspectors also found many small flies in the basement and kitchen areas, including two floating in a bucket of soy sauce, the report said.

The bottoms of several cutting boards were found collecting debris and “a mold-like and slime-like substance,” the report said.

The pest and cleaning issues were high-risk, repeat violations, the report said.

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Theresa at 412-380-5669, tclift@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tclift.

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