Rodent Droppings or Chocolate Sprinkles?

“….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.

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5 Responses

  1. Isn’t there some way the inspector could have tested the so-called droppings to see if they actually were droppings? If the place was allowed to re-open, it sounds like there was a mistake made on the inspectors part.

  2. Definitely should have been reported in the inspection, but this doesn’t sound like the public was in imminent danger to require a shut down.

  3. Maybe he should have told the manager if there were really chocolate sprinkles, why don’t you try one 😉

  4. THAT ICE CREAM HAS ABOUT 5000 CALORIES. IT WILL GIVE YOU NUMEROUS AILMENTS SO WHO CARES ABOUT SOME RAT DROPPINGS WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THAT SUGAR.

  5. Hi Jeff and Readers,

    The Inspector does not shut an establishment down by himself. He must contact his supervisor and (then probably Tallahassee).

    Trust me, out in the field, one does NOT mistake a dropping with ice cream sprinkles.

    Jeff or anyone, do you know the name that this Haagen Daas location is registered with DBPR? So that I can take a look at the Inspection report and history?

    Thanks,

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