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Rodents, roaches close 7 Tampa Bay area restaurants

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State inspectors temporarily closed seven Tampa Bay eateries from July 14 through 19 after discovering problems with rodents or roaches at the restaurants.

We've listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Safety Harbor Pizzeria at 100 Main St. in Safety Harbor

July 14, 2014: Restaurant temporarily closed with 25 violations

  • Roach activity present, live roaches found.
  • More than 10 live roaches in glue trap under reach-in cooler in prep kitchen. Two live roaches on floor near prep table. Six live roaches on wall under prep table/expo window. One live roach under prep sink/ three compartment sink. Two live roaches in glue trap at service area. One live roach on floor in main service area near prep table/ice machine. Three live roaches under 3-compartment sink.
  • Dead roaches on premises.
  • Glue traps full, too many roaches to count: under reach-in coolers/next to grease trap/ under prep table. Several roach traps in service area under prep table, under ice machine, behind fryers and under pizza prep table.
  • Potentially hazardous cold food held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees: pasta 47°f, sausage 48°f, cut lettuce 51°f and chicken 51°f.
  • Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.

July 15, 2014: Restaurant reopened with 13 violations

La Casita Grocery & Restaurant at 101 W. Shell Point Rd. in Ruskin

July 15, 2014: Restaurant temporarily closed with 37 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.
  • One live roach under chemical storage shelf. Four live roaches on sticky trap between chest freezer. One live roach on sticky trap between chest freezers. One live roach under steam table cutting board. One live roach by oven. Two live roaches on floor by meat slicer table by front counter. Three live roaches on window air conditioning unit. One live roach on cutting board by steam table
  • Dead roaches on premises.
  • Steak, chicken, chorizo, cheese, corn, vegetables, roasted peppers and rice held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees.
  • Build-up of mold-like substance on nonfood-contact surface: exterior of glass reach in doors of walk in cooler.
  • Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage - direct contact with food.

July 15, 2014: Restaurant reopened with no violations.

Razzles Café at 5914 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills

July 15, 2014: Restaurant temporarily closed with 20 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.
  • Found nine live roaches in cabinet under kitchen handsink area and about 10 live roaches under dishwashing area.
  • Dead roaches on premises: throughout the restaurant.
  • Outer openings not protected during operation and vermin and/or environmental cross contamination present.
  • Food debris accumulated on kitchen floor: under kitchen equipment.
  • Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food: sugar.

July 16, 2014: Restaurant reopened with 8 violations

Mekong Oriental at 5944 N. 34th St. in St. Petersburg

July 15, 2014: Restaurant temporarily closed with 53 violations

  • Live rodent present. (One live mouse in glue traps under equipment shelving by kitchen hand wash sink.) Employee removed and discarded mouse traps.
  • Dead mouse present. (On floor of outdoor storage shed under shelving across from reach in freezer. One dead mouse on glue trap under shelving by kitchen hand sink.)
  • Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. More than 40 droppings under shelves, on wall beams and on dry food storage shelves of outdoor storage area.
  • Stop Sale issued due to adulteration of food product. (Open packages of curing salt and dried baby squid in outdoor storage unit)
  • Stop sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse: 54°f butter, 53°f cooked fish in 2-door upright cooler next to stove, 56°f butter, 61°f soup, 53°f beef and vegetables, 53°f cooked chicken, 59°f oil and garlic, 63°f spring rolls, 53°f shredded cabbage and carrots, 59°f cooked rice, 54°f tofu, 58°f raw shell egg, 64°f sliced beef upper area make table cooler, 76°f cooked pork, 76°f cut lettuce and 67°f raw beef.
  • Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface on interior and exterior of metal pans above microwaves holding dry noodles. Meat grinder in walk-in freezer with raw meat protruding from holes. Grinder head is not stored protected to keep unit or food clean from contamination.

July 16, 2014: Restaurant reopened with no violations.

Pizza Uno, 12543 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, 7/15, Roach activity

July 15, 2014: Restaurant temporarily closed with 21 violations

  • Dead roaches on premises.
  • Five dead roaches inside dish machine. More than 10 plus dead roaches on floor under dish machine. Five dead roaches at front counter.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.
  • More than 13 live roaches inside non-working dish machine next to plates on drying rack. Two live roaches on wall behind 3-compartment sink in dishwashing/food prep area.
  • Food debris accumulated on kitchen floor under dough mixer.
  • Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris.
  • Encrusted, soiled material on slicer.

July 16, 2014: Restaurant reopened with no violations found.

Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, 3210 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 7/16, Roach activity

July 16, 2014: Restaurant temporarily closed with 9 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.
  • 11 live roaches found behind hot holding cabinet in prep area. 1 live roach found beside 2-door cooler on chicken cooking line.
  • Dead roaches on premises. Three dead roaches behind hot-hold cabinet in back prep area.
  • Floor soiled/has accumulation of debris.
  • Manager lacking proof of food manager certification.
  • No proof of required state approved employee training provided for any employees.

July 17, 2014: Restaurant reopened with no violations.

Toco Melenas at 2018 Waters Ave. in Tampa

July 17, 2014: Restaurant closed with 20 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 23 live roaches in back of dry storage. Three live roaches by stove. One live roach by trash can.
  • Ten live flies in kitchen.
  • Food debris accumulated on kitchen floor.
  • Food stored on floor.
  • Nonfood-grade containers used for food storage - direct contact with food.
  • Employee washed hands with cold water.

July 18, 2014: Restaurant reopened with 2 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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