Inspectors find 2 live rodents at Tampa Bay area restaurant

State inspectors temporarily closed two Tampa Bay eateries from February 1 to 5, 2016. We’ve listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Crabb Paradise located at 3074 18th Ave. S. in St. Petersburg

February 2, 2016: Restaurant closed with 7 violations

  • Two live rodents were found in a corner by the dish area.
  • 20 dark, dried rodent droppings were found on a concrete platform in the dish area.
  • Raw animal food was stored over ready-to-eat food: eggs were stored over hot dogs and deli meat.
  • Restaurant was operating without a license from the Division of Hotels and Restaurants.

February 3, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 1 violation

The Salty Rim located at 9524 Blind Pass in St. Petersburg

February 3, 2016: Restaurant closed with 14 violations

  • Live roaches found: 6 live roaches were found under a handwashing sink in the kitchen, 1 was found under a chest freezer in the kitchen, 2 were found under the dishwashing machine in the kitchen.
  • Dead roaches found on the premises: 1 dead roach was found under a handwashing sink, 1 was found under a steam table, 3 were found under a small chest freezer.
  • The following potentially hazardous cold foods were being held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees: cooked shrimp 45F°, diced tomato 46F°, cooked pasta 45F°.

February 4, 2016: Restaurant reopened with 3 violations

The following 8 Tampa Bay restaurants received the most violations during inspections conducted from February 1 to 5, 2016

Taipei Taipei Tea House, 322 N. Broad St., Brooksville, 37 violations

  • Stored food not covered in reach-in freezer.
  • Food stored in a prohibited area: refrigerator located in an overflow dining room; food was being prepared in a back storage area.
  • Employee was prepping food but was not wearing a hair restraint.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw chicken was stored over noodles and produce in a double-door cooler.

Timber Pines Community Assoc., 2340 Grand Pines Blvd., Spring Hill, 34 violations

  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found in dry storage room, around walls, and in liquor storage.
  • Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area: 8 found in server area, by floor drain, in kitchen by slicer and waffle maker.
  • An 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 their hands.

New Plum Tree Restaurant, 215 E. Davis Blvd., Tampa, 32 violations

  • Screen in door torn/in poor repair – vermin present.
  • Case/container/bag of food stored on floor in walk-in cooler/freezer.
  • Food stored on floor.
  • Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in walk-in cooler: raw chicken stored over a bag of onions.

Golden China, 15219 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 31 violations

  • Food stored on floor: bags of onions.
  • Nonfood-grade bags used in direct contact with food.
  • Chicken and beef not covered in walk-in cooler.
  • Soil residue found in food storage containers.

Gandy Sandbar and Grill, 10056 Gandy Blvd. N., St. Petersburg, 30 violations

  • Small flying insects in bar area: observed 3 flies.
  • Hotel and Restaurant license is expired.
  • Old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.
  • Manager lacking proof of food manager certification.

The Press Box, 7385 Spring Hill Dr., 30 violations

  • All potentially hazardous cold foods in reach-in cooler held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees: ham 48°, cheese 49°, tuna salad 49°, egg salad 51°, turkey 47°, ground beef 46°.
  • Multiple reach-in cooler shelves soiled with food debris on the cook’s line and in the prep room.
  • Employee cigarettes and lighter stored in or above a food preparation area.
  • Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris.

Chopsticks Super Buffet, 2543 Countryside Blvd., Clearwater, 30 violations

  • Stop Sale Order issued for potentially hazardous food that was not discarded at the end of the 4-hour/6-hour period. Stop Sale Orders issued for two pans of crab, one pan of pork ribs and one pan of clams that were used on the buffet the night before. The food was stored in a walk-in cooler and not thrown away per guidelines of time as public health control.
  • Stop Sale Orders issued for dented/rusted cans: 2 cans of peaches, 1 can of tomato sauce.
  • Objectionable odor by storage shed.

Zudar’s Delia & Catering, 201 W. Platt St., Tampa, 28 violations

  • Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled.
  • Cutting board has cut marks and is no longer cleanable.
  • Handwashing sink not accessible for employee use due to items stored in the sink.
  • Handwashing sink not accessible for employee use due to being blocked by buckets.
  • Food storage container/container lid cracked or broken.

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