State inspectors found evidence or roaches and temporarily closed four Tampa Bay eateries from August 3 to 7, 2015. A live roach was found in onions at one of the restaurants. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.
South Shore PIzza located at 3026 College Ave. E. in Ruskin
Aug. 4, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 25 violations Roach excrement and/or droppings present on ceiling by mop sink. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: 4 by motor in reach-in cooler, 7 in rug/under prep table, 1 under pizza box shelf.
Dead roaches on premises: 2 under storage in back room, 1 by reach-in cooler, 3 by reach-in cooler motor, 1 under prep table. Stop Sale order issued for ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food not consumed/sold within 7 days after opening/preparation. Pickles stored on floor. Aug. 5, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 10 violations
El Mofongazo Restaurant located at 5522 Hanley Rd. in Tampa
Aug. 5, 2015 : Restaurant temporarily closed with 20 violations Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: observed 20 live roaches by mop sink, 5-6 by hand sink and 6-7 by 3-compartment sink. Dead roaches on premises: observed one dead roach by the front counter and one by the prep area. Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse: chicken 60°, beef 63°, sauces 65°. Potentially hazardous cold food held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees: chicken 60°, beef 63°, sauces 65°. Reach-in shelves soiled with food debris. Interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue. Aug. 7, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 3 violations
Domino’s Pizza located at 3681 State Road 52 in Dade City
Aug. 6, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 11 violations Stop Sale Order issued due to adulteration of food product: live roach found in bin of ready to eat onions. Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: observed 20 live roaches at make table on cook’s line, 1 live roach in ready-to-eat onion container on cook’s line. Dead roaches on premises: observed 10 dead roaches under make table on cook’s line, 10 dead roaches under pizza oven on cook’s line. Aug. 6, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 6 violations
Nam Fong located at 611 Cortez Plaza in Bradenton
Aug. 7, 2015: Restaurant temporarily closed with 7 violations Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found: observed 15 live roaches in gasket of stand-up freezer opposite dish machine in kitchen. Roach excrement and/or droppings present inside stand-up freezer gasket. Dead roaches on premises: observed 1 dead roach in gasket of stand-up freezer, 1 dead roach inside stand-up freezer, 1 dead roach beneath prep table below microwave, 1 dead roach on gasket of white stand-up refrigerator opposite dish machine in kitchen. Potentially hazardous food held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees: food held at room temperature: sprouts 79°F, shrimp 58°F. Potentially hazardous hot food held at temperatures less than 135 degrees or above. Food hot held on cook’s line, Bok choy 104°F. July 8, 2015: Restaurant reopened with no violations
Inspectors from Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted the inspections. The department cited violations of Florida’s sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code.
While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division’s procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary, according to the Florida DBPR website.
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