State finds 110 violations inside South Florida restaurant

Inspector says construction drill used as mixer at China Buffet on Bird Road

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. - It's one of the worst inspections we have seen in a long time. Inspectors were at China Buffet on Bird Road last week after someone called in a complaint.

Based on the inspection obtained by Local 10 News, the kitchen was filthy and the inspector noted that a construction drill was being used as a mixer.

Records show inspectors were at China Buffet six times in 2015 and five times in 2014, but this was the first time the place was ordered shut.

Reviews on Yelp by consumers show pictures of a soiled carpet.

One customer said she refused to finish eating after a roach crawled across her table.

Below is a list of all the places ordered shut and some of their violations. All the places listed were allowed to reopen following ordered clean-ups and re-inspections.

China Buffet

11379 SW 40th St.

Miami

Ordered shut Jan. 19

110 violations found

Inspection based on complaint

"Food-contact surface not smooth and easily cleanable. Construction drill used as a mixer."

"Roach activity present as evidenced by approximately 6 live roaches found in 3 compartment sink located between prep table and dish-machine, 1 live roach underneath prep table in the hibachi area."

"Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area."

"Accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. Dead roaches inside light shields."

"Dead roaches on premises. 6 around kitchen."

"Employee switched from working with raw food to ready-to-eat food without washing hands."

"Employee began working with food, handling clean equipment or utensils, or touching unwrapped single-service items without first washing hands."

"Employee handled soiled dishes or utensils and then handled clean dishes or utensils without washing hands."

"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."

"Raw animal foods not properly separated from one another based upon minimum required cooking temperature in walk-in cooler. chicken over pork."

"Single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled."

"Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance inside the ice bin."

"Accumulation of encrusted food debris on/around mixer head."

"Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface. BBQ oven."

"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."

"Attached equipment soiled with accumulated dust, grease, or food debris. Grease accumulation between cooking equipment."

"Bathroom facility in disrepair."

"Bathroom facility not clean."

"Build-up of mold-like substance on nonfood-contact surface. Around equipment in waiter station."

"Employee eating in a food preparation or other restricted area."

"Objectionable odor in establishment. Kitchen."


JGB Corp.

7900 NW 27th Ave. (602A)

Miami

Ordered shut Jan. 14

22 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Near wicker block table against wall. Approximately 50 plus. On top of prep table, inside single service items, around coffee maker and under 3 compartment sink. Approximately 20 plus behind reach in cooler. Behind picture frames approximately 20."

"Roach excrement and/or droppings present. On wall behind reach in coolers. On wall behind coffee maker. Approximately 50 plus. Wooden butcher block table to many approximately 50 plus."

"Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse. Cod fish stored under boxes in storage area."

"Interior of microwave soiled with encrusted food debris."

"Establishment operating without a license from the Division of Hotels and Restaurants."

"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."

Pok-Sun, Song

7900 NW 27th Ave.

Miami

Ordered shut Jan. 14

15 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. Observed 5 live roaches under reach in freezer in kitchen."

"Dead roaches on premises. Observed approximately 20 dead roaches under three compartment sink, 5 under reach in freezer, 3 inside cabinet under counter, 10 behind reach in cooler."

"Accumulation of food debris/grease on food-contact surface. Sausage holder."

Kenji Japanese Fusion

3601 W. Commercial Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale

Ordered shut Jan. 20

9 violations found

"Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. One roach crawling on wall above soups. 5 to 6 roaches on floor beneath soup table. 3 to 4 roaches observed beneath hand sink; they ran into a large hole beneath hand sink where water lines come in."

 

 

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