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SLO Food Bank: Health inspectors found rodent droppings at warehouse

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The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County released more information Monday related to the unsanitary conditions health inspectors say were found at the organization's warehouse last month.

Food Bank CEO Kevin Drabinski says after staff failed to renew its processed food registration license at its new San Luis Obispo warehouse, state health inspectors came out November 27 to check out the facility.

It was at that time Drabinski says evidence of rodent droppings were discovered at various locations throughout warehouse. The food bank was then told no products could be moved in or out of the facility until further notice.

"The Food Bank has operated for 28 years and is routinely inspected by federal, state, county and city officials," Drabinski wrote in a press release. "We do not have a record of any previous health findings over that time."

The food bank moved into its current location in November 2016. At that time, Drabinski says a licensed pest control contractor determined the facility's needs for pest control measures. He adds that the ground on both sides of the facility has been turned over during the last year for other construction projects.

"We believe that every reasonable safeguard was in place to guarantee the safety of food stored in our warehouse."

It is not known when the facility will be able to resume operations at its warehouse. 

Food Bank representatives are expected to meet with public health officials Wednesday to readdress the issue.

The SLO Food Bank helps feed about 6,000 families each month. Drabinski said the facility is working with its more than 100 partner agencies to store and distribute food and continue to collect donations. About 60 percent of the distributions scheduled for next week are expected to take place as usual.

The California Department of Public Health says it is reviewing KSBY's requests for additional information on the inspection.

The SLO Food Bank is a partner in KSBY's Season of Hope food and toy drive.


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No food can go in or out of the SLO Food Bank's warehouse during the closure. (KSBY photo)

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