Rodent burrow, unwashed hands close 4 Tampa Bay area restaurants

State inspectors found evidence of rodents or roaches and temporarily closed seven Tampa Bay eateries from Dec. 14 to Dec. 18, 2015. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

New Hunan of Lakeland Inc., 4525 S. Florida Ave, Lakeland

Dec. 17, 2015: Restaurant closed with 18 violations:

  • Pesticide/insecticide labeled for household use only present in the establishment. Raid Roach and Ant spray on the frontline and on the shelf under prep table.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed live roach in the inside of a white refrigerator, one live roach on the exterior of the refrigerator, one live roach inside the reach-in cooler across from the cookline, three live roaches on the kitchen floor, one live roach on the shelf under the steam table, one inside a cardboard box under the prep table across from the cookline, five roaches on the gasket inside of the Pepsi cooler, three live roaches on the floor in the dining room.
  • Hole in the ceiling in the kitchen dry storage.

Dec. 18, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 7 violations.

Sa Ri One Korean Restaurant, 3940 Cypress St., Tampa

Dec. 14,  2015: Restaurant closed with 28 violations:

  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food, raw over RTE in the white fridge.
  • Single-use gloves were not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled.
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.

Dec. 15, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 5 violations

Acapulco Tropical Restaurant, 3247 W. Columbus Dr., Tampa

Dec. 16, 2015: Restaurant closed with 43 violations:

  • Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands – food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. The establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Sliced limes were being handled by an employee barehanded. Explained to the employee that no barehand contact was allowed.
  • Food not in a wholesome, sound condition, spoiled/odoriferous/rotten fish in WIC was voluntarily thrown out.
  • Sewage/wastewater backing up through floor drains in the kitchen area in front of 3CS; water backing up and increasing since the start of the inspection, employees walking through the water to conduct food preparation operations.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area.

Dec. 17, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 4 violations.

Robert Hernandez, 3250 Lake Alfred Rd., Winter Haven

Dec. 17, 2015: Restaurant closed with 4 violations:

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 18-20 fresh rodent droppings in the cabinet next to the grill, approximately five-six fresh droppings on the side of the refrigerator, one fresh rodent dropping on the food preparation counter next to the refrigerator.
  • Rodent burrow or rodent nesting materials present. Observed in the cabinet next to the grill.
  • Objectionable odor in the establishment. Observed upon entrance to the mobile unit.

Dec. 18, 2015: Restaurant reopened with 0 violations.

The following eight restaurants had the most violations during the week of Dec. 14-18, 2015.

Acapulco Tropical Restaurant, 3247 W. Columbus Dr., Tampa

43 violations:

  • Sewage/wastewater backing up through floor drains in kitchen area in front of 3CS.
  • Water backing up and increasing since the start of the inspection, employees walking through water to conduct food preparation operations.
  • Food not in a wholesome, sound condition, spoiled/odoriferous/rotten fish in the walk-in cooler voluntarily thrown out.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area.

La Casa Del Pan Con Bistec, 4629 N. Lois Ave., Tampa

43 violations

  • Stop Sale issued due to adulteration of food product.
  • Raw beef dripping into the container of cooked potatoes.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area.
  • Employee failed to wash hands beforechanging gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.

CD Roma Restaurant, 1462 66 St. N., St. Petersburg

35 violations

  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse: 45°F turkey soup, 46°F soup, 51°F sauce, 50°F creamers.
  • Toxic substance/chemical were stored by or with food. Maple syrup and cooking wine bottle next to bleach and fryer brite bottles below the steam table.
  • Ice scoop bin soiled inside.

Thai Samurai, 3150 Little Rd., New Port Richey

35 violations

  • Dead roaches on premises: one dead near the hand sink in the hallway, approximately 10 dead in the unused oven.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Two live roaches on floor next to the ice machine
  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse.

Marino’s Cafeteria, 3909 W. Broad St. Tampa

34 violations

  • Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands.
  • Working containers of food removed from the original container not identified by a common name.
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food.

Courtside Grille, 110 Fountain Parkway N., St. Petersburg

34 violations

  • Dish machine was not sanitizing properly. Discontinue use of dish machine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dish machine is repaired and sanitizing properly.
  • Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name.
  • Potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit: salsa 46 degrees, tartar sauce 45 degrees, cream cheese 45 degrees, batter 51 degrees, beef 45 degrees.

St. James Restaurant, 440 W. Cypress St., Tampa

34 violations

  • Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse.
  • Potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees, spring mix 66°, diced tomatoes 66°, HB eggs 64°, shrimp 47°, dumplings 65°, burgers 44°, deli meats 41°, lettuce 41°, tomatoes 41°, sauce 40°, dumplings 65°.
  • Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves.

3 Brothers Pizza from New York, 17773 Gunn Highway, Odessa

33 violations

  • Dead roaches on premises – two dead on the floor under the ice machine.
  • Slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris.
  • Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name: salt sugar, on back prep table.
  • Potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit: cut lettuce 47F, sausage 46F.

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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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