April 24, 2024

Health inspectors closed restaurants in the Bradenton area

Florida’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants routinely inspects restaurants, food trucks and other food service establishments for public health and cleanliness issues.

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The reports are public information.

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During the most recent inspections in Manatee County, one restaurant in Bradenton and one in Palmetto were briefly shut down because of pest problems.

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Here is what inspectors found:

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Rodney’s Jamaican Grill, 814 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto

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  • On July 11, a restaurant health inspector ordered that Rodney’s be temporarily shut down due to roach activity. The inspector observed two live roaches on a counter in a bar area and approximately five live roaches in a back kitchen area by a reach-in freezer.
  • The inspector also observed dead roaches: approximately four in a bar area, three by a fountain beverage machine and one by a reach-in freezer.
  • A can opener was soiled with mold-like substance.
  • No proof was provided that food employees were informed of their responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health and activities related to foodborne illnesses.
  • Hood filters were soiled with grease.
  • Raw onions and a container of chicken were stored on the kitchen floor.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards during a follow-up visit on July 12 and was allowed to reopen.

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Cremesh Coffee and Bakery, 1822 59th St. W., Bradenton

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  • On July 14, a restaurant health inspector ordered that Cremesh be temporarily shut down after flies and rodent droppings were observed on site.
  • The inspector observed approximately 20 flying insects in a dry storage area next to a mop sink and handwash sink. The inspector noted that flies were not landing on food or food contact areas.
  • The inspector observed rodent droppings in various areas: approximately 20 on the floor in a dry storage area, 80 on the floor in the kitchen under preparation tables and equipment and 20 under equipment in a dishwashing room.
  • Pooled eggs, a raw animal food, were stored on top of a container of sour cream in a walk-in cooler. Corrective action was taken.

  • Pesticide was not being used appropriately. An inspector observed a restaurant operator spray insect pesticide next to clean equipment and baking pans in the back kitchen area. Corrective action was taken. All equipment in the area was cleaned and sanitized and the pans were removed for washing.

  • A slicer blade, a can opener and a dough divider were soiled.

  • No proof was provided that food employees were informed of their responsibility to report to the person in charge information about their health and activities related to foodborne illnesses.

  • The exteriors of kitchen equipment and food containers and a walk-in cooler shelves were soiled.

  • Containers of flour were stored on the kitchen floor. Corrective action was taken.

  • Floors were soiled under all equipment in the kitchen.

  • A floor area in a dry storage area was covered in standing water.

  • Employee drinks were stored on food prep tables. Corrective action was taken.

  • The restaurant met inspection standards during a follow-up visit on July 15 and was allowed to reopen.

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Editor’s Note: According to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, these reports are a “snapshot” of the conditions present at the time of the inspection and are public record. The agency is required to inspect every licensed restaurant at least once per year, but new and “high-risk” establishments tend to be inspected more frequently.

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When an emergency shutdown order is given by an inspector, it must first be reviewed and approved by agency supervisors. In order for a business to reopen, an inspector will continue visiting the establishment daily until compliance is met. Some citations may include a financial penalty. Inspectors may also respond to complaints, which can be filed at www.myfloridalicense.com.

Ryan Ballogg is a news reporter and writer at the Bradenton Herald. Since joining the paper in 2018, he has received awards for features, art and environmental writing in the Florida Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Contest. Ryan is a native of Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida St.
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