La Granja Restaurant Closed After State Inspectors Find 73 Live Roaches

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The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants, is charged with inspecting all restaurants in the state. Restaurants are inspected randomly or if a complaint is issued. Findings are available to the public, including a weekly list of emergency closures and restaurants with no violations. This week, we're sharing the best and the worst.

La Granja Restaurant in Lake Worth was issued an emergency closure order on November 6 after inspectors found 22 violations -- including 73 live roaches.

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Florida Inspectors Close Six Restaurants Across Broward, Palm Beach Counties

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The government shutdown may have halted food inspection operations at the Food and Drug Administration, making us think twice about what we buy from grocery stores. But at least Florida restaurant inspectors are still walking the beat, making sure that your favorite eat-out spot isn't cutting corners (someone's gotta pick up the slack, right?).

From Pensacola to Key West, the Florida Department of Professional and Business Regulation conducts random inspections throughout the state and releases a list of locations each week that received emergency closures due to violations.

See Also: Salmonella Outbreak During Government Shutdown

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Silverseas Luxury Cruise Ship Crew Hides Raw Pork in Cabins; CDC Cites Other Violations

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Cruise-ship failings are no stranger to the news. Carnival Cruise Lines' Triumph debacle, which left passengers stranded on the high seas without food or toilet facilities, and Costa's Concordia accident, which led to 32 deaths, come to mind, specifically. But now, even the luxury cruise market, in which passengers shell out $5,000 to $10,000 and more, is under fire after the latest news.

Recently, CNN reported that the Silversea Silver Shadow failed a surprise health inspection by the Centers for Disease Control on June 17 in Skagway, Alaska. The inspection was held after a crew member anonymously sent pictures to the CDC showing "meat in crew cabin sinks and trays of food in the corridors in the hallways outside those cabins."

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Say Cheese: Giant Rodent Spotted in Wilton Manors Restaurant

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Say cheese: Rat? Squirrel? Whatever it is, it doesn't belong in the restaurant.
We're not sure whether that's a giant rat, a squirrel, or a really weird-looking kitten. We just know it should not be hanging out in a Wilton Manors restaurant.



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Roaches Found at Three Broward Restaurants

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Last week, three local Broward restaurants were issued emergency closure orders by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation during routine inspections. All three restaurants were found to have roaches. 

On March 5, 2012 Joe's Coffee Shop, located at 2 NE Third St. in Pompano Beach, was found to have eight critical violations, including:

  • Observed dead roaches on premises. 5 under the 3 compartment sink, 1 next to the deep fat fryer, 6 in the mop sink in the kitchen, 1 juvenile on the counter behind the front counter, 15 adults in a unused reach-in cooler behind the front counter. Repeat Violation. This violation must be corrected by : 3/6/12.

  • Observed roach activity as evidenced by live roaches found, 1 adult & 1 juvenile running across the kitchen floor, 1 adult in the mopsink in the kitchen, 1 inside storage cabinet with dry beans, At least 100 adult & juveniles on the side of small oven in the kitchen. This violation must be corrected by : 3/6/12.

  • Observed the accumulation of dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, or other pests, in control devices. 4 dead adult 2 dead juveniles & 1 live adult roaches in gluetrap under a storage cabinet in the kitchen.

The restaurant was issued an emergency closure warning on March 5 and was reopened March 6, when inspectors returned to find the violations were addressed.



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Health Inspectors Find Rodent Droppings, Mold and a Runaway Radish

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​What does this column and roadkill have in common? They're both gross yet you can't stop looking at it. We know that all this talk of rodents, slime, mold and roaches is a little weird but we do the work so you don't have to. The Florida Department of Business and Regulation found a few suspect things in restaurants including rodent droppings, live roaches and a radish gone rogue. The offenders are:

 

 

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Health Inspectors Find Flies, Roaches and Other Critters In Three Restaurants

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​The Florida Department of Business and Regulation seems to have had a quiet week. Though Health Inspectors didn't shut down any restaurants for violations, that doesn't mean that we didn't uncover some pretty disgusting findings like live flies, small flying insects, live roaches and even trapped birds. The offenders are:

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Two Restaurants Closed Over Roaches, Possible Food Contamination

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​We hear it everywhere - from the news, cooking shows and our mother - don't let raw chicken and meat play with your vegetables and for God's sake WASH YOUR HANDS!

These food prep rules are so basic, any five year old who's ever helped mom in the kitchen knows them. Unfortunately for two local restaurants, someone forgot the two basic rules and were closed by health inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Regulation. Here's the scoop:

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Crepemaker Closed Over Roach Infestation

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It's a fact of living in Florida: Roaches are everywhere. But none of us really wants to know about it. Especially not when it comes to where we eat. 

Well, last week, roaches struck a little closer to home -- at the Coconut Creek Promenade, to be exact. Chain restaurant Crepemaker, located between MAMA Noodle and Muffuletta's Sicilian Sandwich Shop, was closed by health inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Regulation for "roach activity." 


Here's what inspectors found on November 8:

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Health Inspectors Crack Down on Unlicensed Restaurants

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Better check yourself before you wreck yourself, eateries. Inspectors seem to be cracking down more and more on what they deem unlicensed activity, which could be as simple as not properly displaying licenses to serving food without a license at all. Two local digs were shut down last week for that reason; two others brought vermin into the mix. 

Here are the dirty details.

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