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  • Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

    Restaurant Ratings: Most Violations Mar. 31- April 4

    Friday, April 11 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-04-11 23:07:05 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We’ve gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from March 31 to April 4, 2014.

The week of March 31 to April 4, two eateries that made our list of Tampa Bay restaurants with the most violations were also temporarily closed by state inspectors.

The Latin Cafe which is located at 11612 N. Nebraska Ave. in Tampa was visited three times by state inspectors.

On April 3, inspectors temporarily closed the restaurant, which received 43 violations during the inspection. Some violations and the inspector’s remarks are listed below-

  • High Priority - Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 1 in empty tin can container by grease trap, 7 under grease trap, 1 on wall by prep table, 2 under drain board of dish sink *THIS MUST BE CORRECTED BY: April 4, 2014 **Warning**.
  • High Priority - Roach excrement and/or droppings present. 20 on three compartment sink THIS MUST BE CORRECTED BY: April 4, 2014 **Warning**.
  • High Priority - Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 20 dry droppings in back dry storage, 15 in dry storage, 20 dry on storage shelf, 10 unknown behind soda machine, 10 behind grease trap THIS MUST BE CORRECTED BY: April 4, 2014 **Warning**.
  • High Priority - Raw meat/poultry cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Beef, bacon, chicken THIS MUST BE CORRECTED BY: April 4, 2014 **Warning**.
  • High Priority - Raw fish cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Tilapia reached 41°f.
  • High Priority - Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food found greater than 47 degrees Fahrenheit but less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit more than six hours. See stop sale. Beef, beans, rice, chicken.
  • High Priority - Dented/rusted cans present. See stop sale. **Warning** .

The next day, on April 4, inspectors returned for another inspection. The restaurant received 16 violations and was not allowed to open. Some violations are listed below-

  • High Priority - Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 1 in empty tin can container by grease trap, 7 under grease trap, 1 on wall by prep table, 2 under drain board of dish sink *THIS MUST BE CORRECTED BY: April 4, 2014 **Warning** On 4/4/2014- 1 in back dry storage room in go between cove molding, 1 on floor under coffee machine, 1 by cooler in kitchen.
  • High Priority - Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 20 dry droppings in back dry storage, 15 in dry storage, 20 dry on storage shelf, 10 unknown behind soda machine, 10 behind grease trap THIS MUST BE CORRECTED BY: April 4, 2014 **Warning** On 4/4/2014- 1 dropping on lid in reach in cooler, 1 by shelving in back dry storage, 10 fresh droppings by cooler in kitchen.
  • High Priority - Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicken base THIS MUST BE CORRECTED BY: April 4, 2014 **Warning** On 4/4/2014- flour/water/vegetable mixer 46°f.

Later in the day on April 4, inspectors had another inspection. This time the restaurant had 12 violations with the more serious violations corrected most of the violations. The restaurant was allowed to open.

The Gateway Pizza & Pasta Company which is located at 1156 94 Ave. N. In St. Petersburg was also closed by state inspectors. They returned numerous times for inspections until the restaurant fixed the problems and was allowed to reopen.

Inspectors found 30 violations on March 31 and said a follow-up inspection was required. Some violations are listed below-

  • High Priority - Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Under prep table in kitchen.
  • High Priority - Live flies in kitchen.
  • Potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees. Sausage 46°F, tomatoes 57°F, ham 53°F, cheese 52°F.
  • Basic - Dead roaches on premises. In glue traps throughout kitchen, in cabinet at self serving station.

Inspectors found 25 violations on April 2 and said a follow-up inspection was required. Some violations are listed below-

  • High Priority - Live flies in kitchen.
  • High Priority - Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Under prep table in kitchen. Upon callback 4/2/14 live activity 5 plus under prep table in kitchen.
  • Basic - Dead roaches on premises. In glue traps throughout kitchen, in cabinet at self serving station.

Inspectors found 31 violations later in the day on April 2 and temporarily closed the restaurant until violations were corrected. Some violations are listed below-

  • Basic - Dead roaches on premises. In glue trap throughout kitchen.
  • Basic - Dead rodent present. 1 Under three compartment sink. 1 under ice machine. 1 in motor behind compressor, reach in cooler main cooks line.
  • High Priority - Live flies in kitchen.
  • High Priority - Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 13 under prep table in kitchen, 3 behind reach in cooler/ flat top grill main cooks line.
  • High Priority - Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 15 old dry dropping on and around dough mixer. 30plus dropping under self serving soda machine and cabinet. Dropping under register next to pizzas. Dropping behind reach in coolers in kitchen.
  • High Priority - Stop Sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition. Raw chicken wings rancid and unwholesome.

Inspectors found 29 violations when they returned on April 3 and the restaurant remained closed until violations were corrected. Some violations are listed below-

  • Basic - Dead roaches on premises. In glue trap throughout kitchen Upon callback 4/3/14 dead roaches 10 plus under prep table in kitchen. Dead roaches under three compartment sink/ next to hot water heater.
  • High Priority - Live flies in kitchen.
  • High Priority - Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 13 under prep table in kitchen, 3 behind reach in cooler/ flat top grill main cooks line. (Upon callback 4/3/14 5 live under three compartment and hot water heater).
  • High Priority - Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 15 old dry dropping on and around dough mixer. 30plus dropping under self serving soda machine and cabinet. Dropping under register next to pizzas. Dropping behind reach in coolers in kitchen. (Upon callback 4/3/14 droppings behind reach in coolers in kitchen, 50 plus old dry dropping under register next to pizzas and under pizza rack, droppings under condenser reach in cooler at pizza make table, 5 dropping under self serving soda machine.)

Inspectors returned on April 4 and found 10 violations. The restaurant was allowed to reopen because it met inspection standards.

You might be wondering what type of criteria inspectors use when they visit restaurants. Florida inspectors use the 2009 FDA Food Code as a guideline.

Violations are broken up into three categories-

  • High Priority food service violations are those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury.
  • Intermediate food service violations are those which, if not addressed, could lead to risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness or injury.
  • Basic violations are those which are considered best practices to implement.
Related links:

File an online complaint against a restaurant: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/complaintwizard_cont.asp?SID=

Search for a restaurant's inspection report: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp?mode=0&SID=&brd=H

Learn more about health and safety regulations for Florida restaurants: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/index.html

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