Thursday, October 08, 2009

Labelle's Don's Restaurant - Dirt, Slime In Ice

LaBelle Restaurant Found With 9 Food Safety Violations

LABELLE, FL. -  The state of Florida's Division of Hotels and Restaurants is required to do periodic spot 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 LaBelle's well known restaurant Don's Restaurant on Hall Street.

A state food safety inspector observed the violations May 27th, 2009 finding 9 violations, 5 being critical. The inspector found among other things, slime in ice machine, soil in ice bins, and no chlorine in dish washer.

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 the report uses 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.

Inspection: May 27, 2009 at 93 South Hall Street in LaBelle. It may be assumed that similar problems would be found at any random inspection here.

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. walk-in cooler, some PHFs not marked.
05-08-1    Critical. No thermometer provided to measure temperature of food product.
15-30-1    Shelves in walk-ins not constructed of materials that are corrosion resistant, non-absorbent, smooth and easily cleanable. shelving is corroded.
20A-10-1    Critical. Dish machine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. ran 3x, 0 ppm chlorine; need to manually sanitize until machine is serviced. Technician was called to service machine.
22-20-1    Critical. Observed buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine. as indicated by alcohol swab
22-21-1    Critical. Observed soil buildup inside ice bin. beverage ice bin
33-13-1    Observed non-bagged garbage in dumpster.
36-15-1    Observed food debris accumulated on walk-in freezer floor.
37-11-1    Observed attached equipment soiled with accumulated dust. fan guard, walk-in cooler


  1. Anonymous9:09 AM

    You forgot to mention the dumpster lid was open to!
    How many restaurants in this town have to endure you lack of news, so you pick on their every inspection report? Christ, if you were to be believed you cant eat out at any place in LaBelle!

    The "slime" forms daily around the edges of the gasket. EVERY ice machine gets it. You fail to follow up with the information that the fact that it is ICE and below 40 degrees(even in FL ice is below 32F) therefore not able to culture bacteria in it!
    If any thing you should be profiling the fact that for years the city of LaBelle has been poisoning your homes with the polluted water they sell to you!

    As for the dirt in a BEVERAGE BIN its not a ice machine, its where they put BOTTLED BEER you fool. You dont use this ice for drinking. It's a shame you mascaraed as a "journalist" when all you really are is a sad old man with a computer and a AOL account.

    Pull you head out of your rectum and get back in line with the fan parade you lead for the other old guy that writes you a letter every week. You two should live together.

  2. We don't make the news we just report it. Note that not every ice machine at every restaurant has slime and dirt, as the inspector found here. Note the inspector reported these violations as critical in both the "ice machine" and 'beverage ice bin.' Our reports are a guide to consumers who may not be aware that food and safety inspections are made at every restaurant and hotel establishment by the state of Florida.


  3. Anonymous5:38 PM

    I have all day and lots of free time, so you can leave the comments or pull the stories about the local places. I will keep commenting on your lack of journalistic ability. You pander to the masses and lack so much as a thread integrity!

  4. Anonymous7:39 PM

    keep pulling the comments
    it just proves you have no ethics
    you feel free to dish dirt about anybody but when somebody calls you on it, you erase the commments

  5. Anonymous5:38 PM

    He pulled my comment!It' funny how if he being questioned he pulls the comment anybody else no matter how filthy the comment he doesn't pull it heres one editor you stink!

  6. Anonymous7:34 AM

    I am glad you post the findings of the inspectors, I want to know if a place is a filthy.Your not the one inspecting so I don't know why anyone should be mad at you. Do they want us to not know we are eating in a filthy dump? or maybe they are buddies with the owners of these places.

  7. Anonymous2:28 PM

    Hey all you have to do is walk into the front door and take a deep breath and you can smell the filth and if they turned up the lights you would see the dirt on furniture and carpeting. So just clean it up!!!