High levels of bacteria were found in food taken from Church Square Supermarket on Euclid Avenue, Express Food Market on Madison Avenue, and Marc's at Kamm's Corners.
The city has taken two grocery stores to court recently. A judge imposed a $47,000 fine against Church Square for multiple violations that included the selling of rotten food and meat that was discolored and decomposing.
"We've made mistakes. We've had people work here and they haven't rotated the stuff and we're trying to fix everything up," manager Harv Elias said.
Church Square is among the top 10 grocery store violators identified by the City of Cleveland Department of Health in the past 12 months.
K & S Food and Gift on Fleet Avenue also made the list. Health inspectors cited the store for not having hot running water among other things.
The owner, Mohammed Alahmad, blamed the violations on a vehicle crashing into the front of his store.
"Our customers come first, but we had an incident that impacted everything, " Alahmad said.
Other stores which the city said made the top 10 include:
- Convenience Plus Food Mart 9305 Miles Ave.
- Dairy Mart 3387 W. 117th
- Grab-N-Go Deli & Beverage 3519 W. 117th
- Holyland Imports 11717 Lorain Ave.
- Speedy's Market 4025 E. 131st
- Tremont Convenient Food Mart 2630 W. 14th
- Easttown Eagle Supermarket 656 E. 105th
- Shop Rite Supermarket 4606 W. 130th
The Cleveland Department of Health says it intends to continue testing food randomly, starting with 15 additional stores next month.