"I personally inspected it today. It's not good," Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, the county health commissioner, told WaPo. "It is one of two or three of the poorest examples of supermarket hygiene I've seen in 15 years." Beilenson is a former Baltimore health commissioner.
The Sun says the shut down surprised customers, some of whom called the county executive's office asking when the store would reopen.
Trudy Hyde, Howard's food protection program manager, told WaPo she had been in contact with Lotte's president, Sung Kil Lee, since April about correcting problems discovered as a result of consumer complaints and inspections. Hyde said she worked with Korean interpreters and Lotte's vice president, Daniel Kim, recently to make sure store officials understood the code issues.
A woman who answered the telephone at Kim's office told the paper he was traveling and unavailable for comment.
The Sun said the county fined the store $150 in May for violations and again in June.