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National Press Club Forced to Move Mousetraps

The District Department of Health has a new website that provides searchable city health inspections—and it's a veritable TMI machine. Today's disgusting news: the National Press Club has had to acquire a better mousetrap. Or at least move the ones it had on the premises.

In a March 12, 2010 inspection, the club was told it had to make sure food its food wasn't being served with an unusual condiment: smashed mouse. "Remove all snap mousetraps from the premises," a health inspector ordered."These traps may create a splatter of the rodent that may contaminate food contact and non-food contact surfaces." The club had six critical violations, which it had corrected by a March 18 follow-up inspection.

UPDATE: NPC President Alan Bjerga says the club never had a rodent problem. "The traps you reference were in a box located in a storage area, not a food preparation area, and had not been used for several months," Bjerga writes City Desk. "The traps had been provided by our landlord as a preventative measure due to an infestation three floors below us related to a new tenant move-in. The traps were put aside in a box after having not caught anything. The inspector spotted the traps and asked that they be removed from the premises as seen on her report. The traps were removed on the spot during the inspection on March 12th. The removal was confirmed in the March 18th follow-up report. From reading the March 12th report, you can NOT infer that the club had a rodent problem."

Journos aren't the only elite Washington group to have to deal with a little grossness, though. A city health inspector had some bad things to say about the State Department's cafeteria on March 16. "Observed employee in the front service line without gloves during food prep wearing fingernail polish..." (Insert your own joke about hands-on diplomacy here.)

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