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MOSI Cafe closed after rodent droppings, roaches found

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The MOSI Cafe was temporarily closed after inspectors recently discovered live roaches and rodent droppings in the kitchen.

Inspectors ordered the closure after finding 40 rodent droppings, 10 live roaches and 40 roach droppings during their visit on March 12.

Ten "fresh" rodent droppings were found under a storage shelf in the banquet kitchen, according to the inspection report. Ten "dry" rodent droppings were found under a storage shelf in the banquet kitchen and 20 rodent droppings were found under a shelf where paper goods are stored.

Inspectors say they also found 40 roach droppings on a box of spoons which was located on a paper goods storage rack.

Ten live roaches were found in various areas of the MOSI Cafe kitchen. One was on a pesticide "sticky trap" in the banquet kitchen. Two live roaches were found under a storage area in the banquet kitchen. Two more were found in a sticky trap under a prep table. Four live roaches were discovered in a sticky trap under a soda bag in some boxes and one live roach was found in the cappuccino machine.

Inspectors closed the cafe until staff corrected the violations.

MOSI spokesperson Shannon Herbon said that the cafe was closed for three hours on March 12 while the problems were fixed. Herbon said that a pest control company had been treating the facility, but was replaced after it was discovered that a pest problem had spread to the cafe.

A new pest control company came in immediately after the inspection and sprayed. Herbon says the entire cafe was also sanitized.

"The entire situation is under control. We're making sure it is healthy and safe for guests," said Herbon.

She said that the pest control company also took care of the rodent problem.

"We haven't seen any rodents. but we treated for them," she said.

Herbon said that there were no holes or problems with the building's structure that would allow rodents to make their way in. However, she added that MOSI is in an open building with many entrances and doors that are open all the time with people coming and going. She said it was also possible that rodents may have arrived with a food shipment.

The MOSI Cafe received 27 violations during the first inspection when the cafe was ordered closed. The cafe was re inspected the same day and was reopened after the pest problems were fixed. During the second inspection, MOSI received 15 violations. None were for roaches or rodents.

One day after this report was published, MOSI issued the following statement:

"The below statement is regarding the health inspection recently filed by the state of Florida:

MOSI is dedicated to providing science, technology, engineering, art and math educational programming to the Tampa Bay community and has touched the lives of more than 14 million people since opening its doors. Additionally, MOSI provides more than $500,000 per year in scholarships, admission, and teacher training in an effort to remain accessible to everyone in our community.

Since the building first opened in 1995, this is the first time we have been sited for a pest control issue. We have taken immediate action with a variety of aggressive corrective measures, including firing our pest control company and evaluating the outsourcing of our food services, so that we can continue to focus on the importance of our non-profit mission of being a community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge and understanding of science, industry and technology education. We can assure you that this will never happen again."

MOSI is located at 4801 East Fowler St. in Tampa.

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