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Police crack down on Hartford markets

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Expired food was some of the items found by police during surprise inspections at bodegas in Hartford Friday and Eyewitness News cameras were rolling during the raids. 

A team of police and health inspectors visited 14 markets in the Capital City, and made at least eight arrests.

Police were performing these inspections to make sure the owners were not putting those most vulnerable at risk for potential health risks by selling expired food items.

"You gotta get rid of this. These gotta get tossed," said one officer pointing at expired items. "Wow, you gotta get rid of all this."

Officers collected cartoons of expired food and cans of Ensure. They also ordered questionable items thrown out.

"Community taking care is our number one goal of a police officers. That's what we do," said Hartford Police Deputy Chief Emory Hightower. "And seeing this upsets me. If you live on Main Street in Hartford, Main Street in Windsor, or Main Street in West Hartford, it should be the same. You shouldn't be selling expired food."

Agents went behind the stores' counters and took inventory where they discovered illegal sold cigarettes at one store.

"This isn't to shut anyone down," Emory said. "It is simply to say if it's going to stay open, follow the rules."

After Friday's surprise inspections, city officials are considering holding an informational session for market owners.

Violations were found at the following stores:

  • The Ideal Grocery Store
  • The Stowe Village Mini Market
  • Mr. B's Mini Market
  • The Ave Deli Store
  • The Hartford Food Market
  • Mather Grocery Store
  • DIR Big Store
  • Willi's 2 Super Deli
  • D&R Grocery

City officials said they know some of the illegal moves are deliberate, but think others happen because some owners don't know any better.

City of Hartford License and Inspections Department, Tax Enforcement Agency, and Fire Marshalls Office assisted with the investigation.

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