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Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: July 14 -19

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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 July 14 to 19, 2014.

Each restaurant is shown in the slideshow above. The total number of violations the restaurant received is shown in the plate on the left side of the slide. Some details from the inspection report are listed below the slide. If you click on the graphic in the slideshow, it will take you to the original state inspection report.

The 9 restaurants with the highest number of violations for the week are listed below.

Peter's Family Restaurant at 2101 Starkey Rd. in Largo, 55 total violations

State inspectors visited on July 17 and issued a stop sale on sausage and a pepper in the walk-in cooler that had mold-like growth. Inspectors also issued a stop sale order on mashed potatoes and tomato sauce due to temperature abuse.

Cloth was being used as a food-contact surface for bacon. Watermelon, beef, onions and lettuce were not covered in the walk-in cooler.

Inspectors also say there was a reclining chair in the dry storage area.

During the previous inspection on January 21, 2014, inspectors found 11 violations.

Gateway to India at 8300 Bay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg, 52 total violations

State inspectors visited on July 17 and issued stop sale orders on the following foods because of temperature abuse: tandoori chicken, onion bhajii, cut tomatoes and lettuce, white rice, yogurt, potato-cauliflower mix, raw chicken ,peas, vegetable dumplings, cooked lamb, cooked chicken, whip cream, raw fish, cheese, cooked vegetables, multiple sauces and spinach.

Inspectors say there were small flying insects in a food preparation area. They also said an electric fly light near the back door was not turned on and the light was soiled with dead flies.

The Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of employee health policy and health requirements and also lacks knowledge of foodborne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items. The person in charge was also unable to answer basic food code questions, according to inspectors.

Inspectors say an employee has not received adequate training related to their assigned duties as evidenced by the inability to answer basic food safety questions.

During the previous inspection on March 12, 2014, inspectors found 5 violations.

Church's Chicken at 2301 N. 50th St. in Tampa, 41 total violations

State inspectors visited on July 16 and found a live roach on the restaurant’s license frame. There were also small flying insects in a food preparation area. Inspectors also say they found dead roaches.

There was an accumulation of a black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine. The interior of a reach-in freezer was soiled with an accumulation of food residue.

During the previous inspection on January 13, 2014, inspectors found 8 violations.

Golden Inn Chinese Restaurant at 23042 SR 54 in Lutz, 40 total violations

State inspectors visited on July 17 and found live flies in the kitchen.

Raw fruits/vegetables were not washed prior to cutting or shredding. A container of medicine was improperly stored on a food storage shelf in front of the walk in cooler.

Nonfood-grade plastic to-go or thank you bags were used in direct contact to store food. Vinegar was stored on the floor.

An employee touched their soiled apron or clothing and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing their hands.

During the previous inspection on March 26, 20-14, inspectors found 51 violations.

China Garden at 1550 N. McMullen Booth Rd. in Clearwater, 39 total violations

State inspectors visited on July 15 and found containers or bags of shrimp, chicken, onions and various other items stored on the floor in the walk-in cooler. Chicken was also stored in a bucket on the floor.

An employee was preparing food but was not wearing a hair restraint.

Inspectors say the certified food manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of employee health policy and health requirements. Single use cans were being re-used. Walk-in cooler shelves were soiled with encrusted food debris.

During the previous inspection on March 5, 2014, inspectors found 26 violations.

Westshore Pizza at 10309 Causeway Blvd. in Tampa, 39 total violations

State inspectors visited on July 18 and found small flying insects in the food prep area.

Shortening was stored on the floor. The interior of a microwave was soiled with encrusted food debris.

Inspectors say the restaurant did not report a seating change of 15 seats that affects the license fee, Clean Indoor Air Act, sewage system approval or other related requirements

The certified food manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of foodborne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items, according to inspectors.

During the previous visit on March 18, 2014, inspectors found 12 violations.

San Remo Pizzaria at 6426 U.S. Highway 41 in Apollo Beach, 38 total violations

State inspectors visited on July 15 and found dead roaches. Three live roaches were also found on a sticky trap under a slicer prep table.

An employee’s personal food was not properly identified and segregated from food to be served to the public. An employee’s personal items were stored in or above a food preparation area. An employee was preparing food but was not wearing a hair restraint.

Inspectors say butter, cheese, and deli ham were held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees.

Inspectors say there was encrusted material on a can opener blade and walk-in cooler shelves were soiled with encrusted food debris.

During the previous inspection on April 28, 2014, inspectors found 20 violations.

La Casita Grocery & Restaurant at 101 W. Shell Point Rd. in Ruskin, 37 total violations

State inspectors visited on July 15 and temporarily closed the restaurant.

Inspectors say there were dead roaches on the premises. Inspectors also found live roaches; one was under the chemical storage shelf, 4 live roaches were on a sticky trap between chest freezers, one live roach was on a sticky trap between chest freezers, one live roach was under a steam table cutting board, one live roach was by the oven, two live roaches were on the floor by the meat slicer table, three live roaches were on a window air conditioning unit and one live roach was on a cutting board by a steam table.

Inspectors say cheese, corn, vegetables, roasted peppers, steak, chicken, chorizo, and rice were stored at improper temperatures.

Inspectors found items that were improperly stored near food. A lighter was stored with salt packets and a lawn mower was stored by bottled drinks.

Inspectors returned for a follow-up inspection the same day and reopened the restaurant after the problems were fixed.

During the previous inspection on March 7, 2014, inspectors found 9 violations.

Brandon Italian Express Pizza at 9017 Adamo Dr. in Tampa, 37 total violations

State inspectors visited on July 18 and found ham, pizza, cheese and spaghetti sauce at improper temperatures. Shortening was stored on the floor. Utensils were in poor condition.

An employee failed to wash their hands before putting on gloves to work with food.

The certified food manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of foodborne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food, clean equipment and utensils, and single-service items.

During the previous inspection on May 27, 2014, inspectors found 3 violations.

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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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