Rodent issues force closure of 3 South Florida restaurants

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter
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SUNRISE, Fla. - Rodent issues were found last week in Strathmore Bagels and Deli in Sunrise, Cafeteria La Saguera in Hialeah and China Lake in North Miami Beach.

Records show over 60 rodent dropping were found in the kitchen at Strathmore.

Inspectors with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation ordered seven kitchens shut.

Meals of the Century is listed as a catering company and is located in Ward Towers Assisted Living Facility. The state noted a roach issue in the kitchen there.

Roach issues were also discovered at Miami's Best Latin American in Sawgrass Mills and Pollo & Steak Tropical Grill in Deerfield Beach.

There were also major food temperature issues at Casa Marin in Hialeah.

Below is a list of places that were ordered shut and some of their violations. All the places listed were allowed to reopen following an ordered cleanup and re-inspection.

***Strahmore Bagels and Deli

10020 W. Oakland Park Blvd.

Sunrise

Ordered shut June 20

20 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by approximately 25 fresh rodent droppings found in kitchen under food preparation table, 13 fresh dropping found in dishwashing room under dishwashing machine, 7 fresh dropping found at hot water heater, approximately 15 dry dropping found in kitchen next to 3 compartment sink, 4 fresh dropping found in prep area between Hobart mixer and continental reach in cooler and 3 fresh dropping found in service area behind ice machine."

"Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands - food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Observed employee cutting vegetables used for salads without wearing a gloves."

"Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food in walk-in cooler. Observed raw shell eggs stored over bagel."

"Raw animal food stored over cooked food. Raw chicken over cooked ham in walk in cooler."

"3 shell eggs in use or stored with cracks and broken shells. See stop sale."

"Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris."

***China Lake Chinese

1560 NE 165th St.

North Miami Beach

Ordered shut June 20

16 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Approximately 40-50 dry dropping at dry storage room."

"Hood soiled with accumulated grease, dust or food debris."

"Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris."

"Wall soiled with accumulated grease, food debris, and/or dust."

"Hand wash sink not accessible for employee use due to items stored in the sink."

***Cafeteria La Saguera

3001 W. 12th Ave.

Hialeah

Ordered shut June 21

15 violations found

"Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found. Observed approximately 35 shiny and moist rodent droppings under big oven and preparation table in kitchen area. Observed approximately 30 shiny and moist rodent droppings in front counter area."

"Floor soiled/has accumulation of debris under cooking equipment and shelving."

***Casa Marin

4195 Palm Ave.

Hialeah

Inspection based on complaint

Ordered shut June 21

38 violations found

Also ordered shut Aug. 31, 2015

"All potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) foods in reach-in cooler cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Food items located in multiple reach in coolers located in the main kitchen. Sliced ham (47°F - Cold Holding); cheese (54°F - Cold Holding); cubed ham (57°F - Cold Holding); raw fish (49°F - Cold Holding); cooked beef (48°F - Cold Holding); fish (53°F - Cold Holding); pork (50°F - Cold Holding); cooked chicken (50°F - Cold Holding); empanadas (53°F - Cold Holding); raw ground beef (62°F - Cold Holding); cook beef (53°F - Cold Holding); meat w/ bacon (51°F - Cold Holding); cooked beef (61°F - Cold Holding); beef (45°F - Cold Holding); pork (43°F - Cold Holding); chicken (44°F - Cold Holding); fish (46°F - Cold Holding)."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Sliced ham (47°F - Cold Holding); cheese (54°F - Cold Holding); cubed ham (57°F - Cold Holding); cooked beef (48°F - Cold Holding); cooked chicken (50°F - Cold Holding);cook beef (53°F - Cold Holding); cooked beef w/veggies (61°F - Cold Holding)."

"Clean equipment and utensils stored in a room that is not fully enclosed (open to outdoors/screened). Clean kitchen equipment and pots stored outsides under a self-made shed/roof not protected from outside elements such as rain, dust, and animals located in an outside kitchen with no walls (only a fence) and is open to possible vermin contamination."

"Food stored outside. Observed onions, potatoes, and malanga root stored outside on the ground under a self-made shed/roof not protected from outside elements like rain, dust, and animals."

"Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris."

"Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris."

"No plan review submitted and approved-renovations were made or are in progress."

"Dish machine not sanitizing properly. Discontinue use of dish machine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dish machine is repaired and sanitizing properly. Tested dishwasher machine at 0ppm using chlorine test strips. Operator corrected by replacing sanitizer solution for dish machine. Chlorine test strip 50ppm."

***Meals of the Century (Catering)

Ward Towers Assisted Living Facility

Miami-Dade Housing

5301 NW 23rd St.

Miami

Ordered shut June 19

28 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 15 live roaches behind cooking equipment in kitchen."

"Dead roaches on premises. Observed +100 dead roaches behind cooking equipment ,dry storage under shelves."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. In walk in cooler approximately 5 lb of rice pudding at 47°F overnight, tuna approximately 1 lb at 47°F overnight."

"Interior of oven has heavy accumulation of black substance/grease/food debris. **Repeat Violation**."

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

"Hood soiled with accumulated grease, dust or food debris."

"Proof of required state approved employee training not available for some employees."

"Food stored under dripping water line. In walk in cooler and walk in freezer condensation dripping over boxes of food."

***Miami's Best Latin American

Sawgrass Mills

12801 W. Sunrise Blvd.

Sunrise

Ordered shut June 24

11 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 8 live roaches crawling on along the wall next to three compartment sink in the ware washing area."

"Cooked meats or poultry hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Warmer- cooked chicken 120-125, turkey legs 120-127."

***Pollo & Steak Tropical Grill

490 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

Deerfield Beach

19 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed approximately 15 live roaches on dry storage shelving crawling on cans of tomato sauce by True refrigerator, 2 live roaches behind True refrigerator in side prep area, 24 live roaches by 3 compartment sink, 1 live roach on hallway by restrooms, 2 live roaches by fryers, 39 live roaches behind Haier freezer at cook line, 2 live roaches under hand wash sink at cook line, 3 live roaches under prep table at cook line and 1 live roach in dry storage room cooler."

"Dead roaches on premises. Approximately 5 dead roaches on shelving unit next to True refrigerator at cook line, 10 dead roaches under 3 compartment sink, 8 dead roaches by hand wash sink at cook line and 3 dead roaches in dry storage room. **Repeat Violation**."

"Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw beef over peas and carrots at Haier cooler at cook line. Foods moved and properly stored.**Repeat Violation**."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cooked/heated yesterday/on a previous day not cooled from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees Fahrenheit within a total of 6 hours. Food has been cooling overnight. See stop sale. Collard greens cooked yesterday and cooling overnight at True refrigerator at 50° F in covered plastic container. Food discarded."

"Build-up of food debris, dust or dirt on nonfood-contact surface. Exterior of corn flour , sugar and beans storage containers soiled at cookline. Exterior of microwave soiled at cookline. Mold like build up on hand wash sink at cook line."

"Hand wash sink not accessible for employee use due to items stored in the sink. Container with water stored in hand wash sink at cook line. Container removed.**Repeat Violation**."

"Employee touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands - food was not being heated as a sole ingredient to 145 degrees F or immediately added to other ingredients to be cooked/heated to the minimum required temperature to allow bare hand contact. Establishment has no approved Alternative Operating Procedure. Cook cutting green onions with bare hands for later use. Gloves worn."

"Employee handled soiled equipment or utensils and then engaged in food preparation, handled clean equipment or utensils, or touched unwrapped single-service items without washing hands. Cook went from washing utensils at 3 compartment sink to cutting onions without washing hands first. Employee washed hands.**Repeat Violation**."

"Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris."

 

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