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.
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