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Rodents take over South Florida Checkers

Rodents ate hamburger buns, rodent droppings found in condiments

PLANTATION, Fla. – State records show a severe rodent issue at a Checkers restaurant in Plantation.

Records indicate rodents were eating the hamburger buns. Rodent droppings were also found in condiments and rodent nesting materials were found in air conditioning vents.

Several other South Florida restaurants had issues last week and were ordered shut as well.

Below is a list of the places and some of their violations. All the places listed below were allowed to re-open following ordered clean up and re-inspections.

***Checkers

1149 S. State Road 7

Plantation

Ordered shut Sept. 16

15 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent 6 fresh rodent droppings found mixed in with pre- packaged condiments by drive thru window in kitchen, on pipe behind fryers, unable to determine amount and whether it is fresh or old due to accessibility."

"Rodent burrow or rodent nesting materials present, pulled down from AC vents in kitchen."

"Stop sale issued due to food not being in a wholesome, sound condition, 26 pounds of ham burger bread with gnaw marks and eaten."

"Presence of insects, rodents, or other pests, ants crawling on the wall by drive thru window."

"Food with mold-like growth. 2 pounds 4 oz. of hot-dog bread."

"Wall soiled with accumulated black debris in dishwashing area."

"Grease accumulated on kitchen floor and/or under cooking equipment under grill."

***Pho

5408 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Margate

Ordered shut Sept. 15 based on complaint

Also ordered shut April 22.

31 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by 2 live roaches found in service area, 3 live roaches behind flip top cooler in service area, 2 live roach in passage area, approximately 10 live roaches in dry storage, 1 live roach in ceiling in kitchen, 1 live roach in kitchen under food preparation table, 1 live roach on prep table next to open container of drinks, 1 live roach in ceiling above ice machine."

"Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine."

"Six dead roaches in service area, approximately 20 dead roaches behind flip top cooler, 6 dead roaches in passage area, 7 dead roach in kitchen at dishwashing area, approximately 20 dead roaches in kitchen at prep sink, 2 egg casing in kitchen at prep sink, 6 dead roaches in dry storage."

"Dish machine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dish machine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dish machine is repaired and sanitizing properly."

"Slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris."

***Siam Palace Shiva

9999 SW 72nd St.

Miami

Ordered shut Sept. 15

32 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found 50 +live roaches, found in kitchen, by shelf next to cookline, storing plates for consumers use...location open during inspection time., 20+ found live inside dishwasher."

"Cleaned and sanitized equipment or utensils not properly stored. Contaminated by roaches."

"Establishment advertised white tuna on the menu/menu board but served another type of fish. Using escolar for white tuna, in different sushi rolls **Repeat Violation**"

"Interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue."

"Interior of refrigerator soiled with accumulation of food residue.

"Accumulation of debris inside ware washing machine."

"Accumulation of debris on exterior of ware washing machine."

"Food stored on floor."

"Gaskets with slimy/mold-like build-up."

***Mozzarella Italian Restaurant

1280 S. Powerline Road

Pompano Beach

Ordered shut Sept. 15 based on complaint

18 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 12 live roaches under small metal cart next to wall across from speed rack and large mixer. This is a small pass through area leading to the 3 compartment sink area. Wall is up against walk in freezer. Approximately 16 live roaches behind loose cove molding next to speed rack in small pass through area next to large mixer. 3 live roaches under small 2 door reach in cooler near front window at counter area."

"Build-up of mold-like substance on nonfood-contact surface. In empty food container at 3 compartment sink."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 9 dead roaches under cash register cabinet, 3 dead on grease trap under 3 compartment sink, 3 dead on sheet pan used for chemical storage near AC handler, 2 dead on restroom floor, 2 dead in front of speed rack and large mixer , approximately 8 dead at wall across from speed rack and large mixer under small metal storage cart . This area is a small pass through to the 3 compartment sink area."

"Interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue. Both reach in cooler at front kitchen area."

"Food-contact surfaces not sanitized after cleaning, before use. Do not use equipment/utensils not properly sanitized. Employee washing dishes without sanitizer set up. Discussed with PIC , no bleach on premise. Manager sent an employee to store to purchase bleach. **Repeat Violation**"

***Kareta Kafe Grill

10505 SW 40th St.

Miami

Ordered shut Sept. 14

39 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Approximately 10 or plus found in the kitchen. Those ten or plus live roaches are described as follow. Approximately 5 or plus in storage area, 2 or plus in prep table, 2 or plus on floor moving across the kitchen, 3 or plus behind kitchen's equipment."

"Objectionable odor in establishment."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 15 or more. **Warning**

"Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. **Repeat Violation** **Warning**"

***Santa Elena Restaurant

1366 E. Fourth Ave.

Hialeah

Ordered shut Sept. 18

16 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by 15 fresh rodent droppings found on top of dishwasher machine I. Kitchen area."

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