ATLANTA — State Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin has placed a moratorium on issuing any new “food sales establishment” licenses to Dollar General stores because of rodent infestation.

On Monday, a Department of Agriculture sanitarian performing a routine inspection discovered signs of rodent infestation, including dead mice in traps, droppings, contaminated food and excessive garage in and outside the premises of a Dollar General store on Mableton Parkway in Mableton.

The Mableton store is the fourth Dollar General store to be cited for rodent infestation and sanitation problems in a year, Irvin said.

Irvin said the department staff is overseeing the destruction of contaminated food within the store. Agriculture officials will not allow food sales until the rodent control problem has been successfully addressed and the unsanitary conditions at the store have been eliminated, he said.

“We are seeing wide-spread problems with Dollar General that need to be addressed,” Irvin said.

Last month, a Dollar General in Bowman was cited for rodent infestation and last July the department found rodent problems at the Cedar Street store in McDonough. A year ago the Dollar General in Roberta was cited for rodent infestation problems.

“I’m puzzled as to why the company has not accepted my offer to help train store managers and employees in procedures and techniques that protect the public,” Irvin said. “That offer still stands today.”

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