Archive for July, 2010

Busy Week for State Inspectors
July 27, 2010

The Restaurants below were ordered shut by an Inspector with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation last week;

 

  • Seaside Grill Patio Bar/1406 North Ocean Blvd./Pompano Beach/RODENT ACTIVITY

Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 50 dry rodent droppings inside pots in dishwashing area This violation must be corrected by : 7/20/10.

Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 5 dry rodent droppings on top of 3 compartment sink drain board This violation must be corrected by : 7/20/10.

Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 5 dry rodent droppings on rolling rack in food storage area This violation must be corrected by : 7/20/10.

Critical. Observed DEAD RODENT under chest freezer in dishwash / food storage room This violation must be corrected by : 7/20/10.

 

  • Chuchi’s Cafe of Hialeah/3694 West 12th Avenue/Hialeah/RODENT ACTIVITY

Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found.20 + FRESCH DROPPINGS FOUND IN THE KITCHEN

Critical. Observed the presence of insects, rodents, or other pests. OBSERVED 1 LIVE RODENT IN THE KITCHEN

 

  • Caribbean Cafe/498 West 28th Street/Hialeah/RODENT ACTIVITY

Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found.15+ FRESH DROPPING STORAGE, 10+ FOOD PREPARATION AREA

 

  • Lotus Chinese Kitchen/1432 N.E. 26th Street/Wilton Manors/RODENT ACTIVITY

Critical. Observed the presence of insects, rodents, or other pests. observed 10 dry rodent droppings on prep table by back door, 1 dry rodent dropping on top of prep table by backdoor, 25 dry rodent droppings by Mop sink area, 4 fresh rodent droppings under 3 compartment sink in prep area, 2 fresh rodent droppings under handwash sink in prep area, 3 dry rodent droppings under handwash sink, 20 dry rodent droppings by water heater area, 15 fresh rodent droppings under flour storage area, 1 dry rodent dropping on top of flour bag, 3 dry rodent droppings on floor by prep table near walkin cooler,20 dry rodent droppings under dishwashing machine , 2 fresh rodent droppings under dishwashing machine. This violation must be corrected by : 7/21/10.

 

  • Campa Pizzeria and Restaurant 5679 West Flagler/Miami/RODENT ACTIVITY

Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by 30 plus fresh rodent droppings found in the kitchen.

 

  • Restaurant El Gallo Pinto/4747 Flagler/Miami/ROACH ACTIVITY

Critical. Observed roach activity as evidenced by 25 PLUS live roaches found in the kitchen .

 

  • La Nueva San Salvador Restaurant/4601 West Flagler/Miami/ROACH and RODENT ACTIVITY

 Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 15 PLUS FRESH RODENTS DROPPINGS IN THE KITCHEN

Critical. Observed roach activity as evidenced by live roaches found. 25 PLUS LIVE ROACHES IN THE KITCHEN.

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Rodent Droppings or Chocolate Sprinkles?
July 22, 2010

“….to be honest I think it was totally unfair.”

Bernardo Abend owns and operates the Haagen Dazs in Miami Lakes. He told Local 10 there were no violations and this shouldn’t be a public matter. Last week an inspector with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation reported RODENT DROPPINGS INSIDE and ordered the place closed and cleaned up.

ABEND; “This could be something that the inspector could handle in a different way.”

WEINSIER; “If It wasn’t rodent droppings, what was it? 

ABEND; “I have no idea, maybe chocolate sprinkles.”

  

We asked the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to respond to ABEND’S allegations that this was unfair.

 Below is the Department’s response;

Hi Jeff, 

The department’s safety and sanitation inspectors are trained to identify risk factors that could lead to foodborne illness.  If an inspector observes a violation during a restaurant inspection that poses an immediate risk to the public, the inspector issues an emergency closure.  The emergency closure is accompanied by an administrative complaint, which also details the violations.  The restaurant has the right to dispute the department’s findings in the administrative complaint through an administrative hearing. 

 Please let me know if you need any additional information.

 Thank you,

 

**The Miami Lakes Haagen Dazs was allowed to re-open following a re-inspection.

Owner of Miami Lakes Haagen Dazs responds!
July 20, 2010

As reported below, an inspector with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation ordered the Haagen-Dazs in Miami Lakes closed due to violations found that included RODENT issues.

  It appears the owner doesn’t feel the inspection process was fair. By law he can appeal to the State.

Dear Jeff.
I just wanted to inform you that the shut down in our store was unjustified and handled improperly by an inexperienced inspector, the droppings that appear to be in some cases Chocolate Sprinkles where not visible at all in our food handling areas, 4 drops located insight a cabinet bellow soda machine (not in food handling areas) and 6 in the back room away from food should not be a reason for being shut after being in business for 22 years with “0″ violations and 99% ESP scores, those drops probably came from rodents that surround empty stores or other food places in the mall. All our products are kept frozen on coolers, dipping cabinets and walk-in freezers away from any contamination, Our Pest control company send a statement to the inspector and also show her all pest control invoices from 2 weeks before her visit, on top of that the pest control crew showed up while the inspector was there. We follow the highest cleanliness standards dictated by Haagen-Dazs franchise codes. After we clean the few drops or whatever it was we reopen next day normally after the inspector realized that everything was in perfect condition and the store spotless, The closing lasted only 3 hours. Please I really would like that the improper headline “Top D.D. Haagen-Dazs Miami Lakes” to be removed or that in some way you may rectify these incorrect statements.

Thanks.

Miami Lakes Haagen Dazs Tops D.D. List!
July 20, 2010

The places listed were ordered shut by an INSPECTOR with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation last week.

  •   Haagen Dazs/16407 N.W. 67th Avenue/Miami Lakes/RODENT ACTIVITY

Observed rodent activity as evidenced by 6 fresh black, and 8 dry rodent droppings found in counter under soda dispenser in food prep area. 14 dry rodent droppings found in chemical storage room next to bathroom 3 feet from food prep room.”

 

  •  Blue Sky VII 3803 West Flagler/Miami/ROACH ACTIVITY

 “Observed roach activity as evidenced by 10 PLUS live roaches found in the kitchen.”

 

  •  Mangrove Mama’s/19991 Overseas Highway/Sugar Loaf Key/RODENT ACTIVITY

 “ Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found. OVER 15 fresh droppings found. Under 3 compartment sink, behind stoves, fryers, service table next to stove. All over kitchen.”

 

La Puerta Del Sol staff sweeping up RODENT DROPPINGS!
July 14, 2010

La Puerta Del Sol
Interamerican Plaza
701 S.W. 27th Avenue
Miami

 

  ” Observed rodent activity as evidenced by 20 plus rodent droppings found being swept when entering to the kitchen.”

 
 
Inspection Date 7/9/10
19 CRITICAL VIOLATIONS
5 NON CRITICAL VIOLATIONS 
 
 
 This man told us this is a “private issue” and this is a “private place.” NO! You are serving the PUBLIC sir!
 
 
 This woman closed the back door and told us if we wanted to eat, come in, otherwise, get lost!

 

 

VIOLATIONS

Critical. Required consumer advisory for raw/undercooked animal food not provided. 

Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food thawed at room temperature.

Critical. Observed food stored on floor

Critical. Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled.

Critical. Observed bare hand contact of ready-to-eat food by employees and establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure in effect. Corrected On

Critical. Observed employee eat or drink then engage in food preparation, handle clean equipment or utensils, or touch unwrapped single-service items, without washing hands

Critical. Observed employee engage in food preparation, handle clean equipment or utensils, or touch unwrapped single-service items, without washing hands.

Critical. Observed a designated employee eating/drinking/smoking area located in a food preparation or other restricted area.

Observed establishment using wood (other than a hard, close-grained wood) as a food-contact surface.

Observed ripped/worn tin foil used as shelf cover.

Critical. Observed food-contact surfaces encrusted with grease and/or soil deposits.

Critical. Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Corrected On Site.

Critical. No handwashing sign provided at a handsink used by food employees.

Critical. Hand wash sink lacking proper hand drying provisions.

Critical. Handwashing cleanser lacking at handwashing lavatory.

Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by 2 DRY (OLD) rodent droppings found IN DINING AREA.

Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by 10 PLUS FRESH rodent droppings found ON SHELVES IN KITCHEN AREA. 

Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by 20 plus rodent droppings found being swept when entering to the kitchen.

Ceiling tiles missing. Most of the ceiling tiles in the kitchen.

Observed hole in wall. kitchen area

Hood not cleaned to bare metal prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge. For reporting purposes only.

Critical. Observed container of medicine improperly stored. Corrected On Site.

Critical. Observed cooking equipment in use while hood suppression/exhaust system is inoperable. Notified Fire AHJ. For reporting purposes only.

STATE INSPECTORS BUSY IN SOUTH FLORIDA
July 13, 2010

The restaurants below were ordered shut by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation last week.

  • Don Fernando Fishmarket/12899 S.W. 42nd Street/Miami/ROACH ACTIVITY

 

  • Dave’s Deli/6005 N.W.7th Avenue/Miami/ROACH ACTIVITY

 

  • Cespedes Cafeteria/4715 East 10th Court/Hialeah/RODENT ACTIVITY

 

  • McGee Diner/14511 N.W. 27th Avenue/Opa Locka/SEWAGE LEAKS

 

  • Pat’s Place/635 East Atlantic Blvd./Pompano Beach/ROACH ACTIVITY

 

  • La Puerta De San Luis/701 S.W. 27th Avenue/Miami/RODENT ACTIVITY

 

  • Captain Mario/221 Duval Street/Key West/RODENT ACTIVITY

 

CLEAN! 100%! A+!
July 1, 2010

THE PLACES BELOW DESERVE SOME CREDIT! THEY HAD ZERO VIOLATIONS DURING THEIR LAST STATE INSPECTION!

JULIO’S NATURAL FOODS RESTAURANT
1602 Miami Gardens Drive
North Miami Beach
 
 
Julio’s owner, Jacob Cababib says;
 “I keep the kitchen open so people can see it.”
 
 
 
The picture above is the small kitchen at Julio’s.
 
 
 
TAURUS STEAKHOUSE
6965 West Commercial Blvd.
Tamarac
 
 
“We are a family business.” Said Taurus Co Owner Carlos Habaue.
Four brothers own Taurus.
 
 
 
The picture above is the kitchen at Taurus Steakhouse.
 
 
 
HONG KONG DIM SUM(SUKI TAKEOUT)
2326 North University Drive
Coral Springs
 
 
“We just try everyday to do the best.”  Said Hong Kong Owner Lisa Chan.