Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fortune Cookie Restaurant Safety Report

LaBelle Chinese Restaurant - 9 Critical Food Violations, 6 Non-Critical

LABELLE, FL. -- The state of Florida's Division of Hotels and Restaurants is required to do periodic inspections of restaurants, hotels and motels each year, and publishes the results of each inspection online. The Sunday Morning News looked at the most recent health inspection of the Fortune Cookie restaurant on West Hickpoochee (State Road 80).

Wang Jian Gang owns the restaurant on the west side of LaBelle, recently moved from a store across from the Hendry courthouse, and doing business as Fortune Cookie.

A state health inspector observed the following at a June 8, 2009 inspection of the LaBelle restaurant

Routine - Food - 06/08/2009
Met Inspection Standards During This Visit
More information about inspections.
A summary of the violations found during the inspection are listed below. The department cites violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code. In general, critical violations are those that, if not corrected, are more likely to contribute directly to food contamination, illness or environmental damage.

Although we use the industry-standard term "critical", varying degrees of severity and potential risk to the public require inspectors to assess each situation in determining the appropriate action. In addition, while an establishment may have multiple violations, the inspectors' training and judgment formulate the overall result of the inspection to ensure the public health and safety.

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.

Violation Observation
02-22-1 Critical. Ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food prepared on site and held more than 24 hours with not properly date marked. chicken Corrected On Site.
06-05-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food thawed in standing water.
08A-26-1 Critical. Observed raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. vegetable reach-in cooler Corrected On Site.
08A-26-1 Critical. Observed raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. walk-in
08A-27-1 Critical. Observed raw animal food stored over cooked food. reach-in cooler Corrected On Site.
09-01-1 Critical. Observed improper use of bowl/plastic food container or other container with no handle used to dispense ready-to-eat food. sugar Corrected On Site.
10-07-1 Observed in-use utensil stored in standing water less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
21-12-1 Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
22-17-1 Critical. Observed soiled reach-in cooler gaskets.
22-19-1 Critical. Observed interior of microwave soiled.
22-20-1 Critical. Observed buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine. substance that easily wipes away with an alcohol swab
24-07-1 Cleaned and sanitized equipment, utensils, linens or single-service not properly stored. Buffet line plares not inverted or covered
24-10-1 Observed utensils stored in crevices between equipment.
25-02-1 Unwrapped single-service utensils not presented so that only the handles are touched.
51-11-1 Carbon dioxide/helium tanks not adequately secured.

-from State Inspection Report

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