Dirty dining: Food truck was leaking wastewater and attracting flies, inspectors say

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Restaurants in Manatee County have reopened for dine-in service, and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants has resumed routine inspections for public health and cleanliness issues.

During the most recent inspections in Manatee County, several restaurants were cited for problems that include moldy equipment, employee handwashing errors and unsafe temperatures.



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A Bradenton food truck was cited when an inspector observed leaking wastewater, foul smells and flying insects onsite.

Here is what inspectors found.

The River Road Stop, 131 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton

  • An inspector observed gray water coming out of the back of the food truck, and pipes were leaking in several places directly onto the ground. The inspector noted a foul odor and approximately 20 flies in the vicinity.
  • Inside the food truck, an inspector observed gray water leaking from a handwash sink onto the kitchen floor. An employee was standing in the water, and there was no way to block off the area of the leak.
  • Water was shooting out of a handwash sink and a three-compartment sink sporadically. There was standing water on the floor. An employee stated that he was mopping, but there was no mop around, according to an inspector.

  • An inspector observed approximately 10 flies inside the kitchen area.
  • There was food debris and grease on racks inside of a barbecue cooker.
  • Items were blocking access to an employee handwash sink. Corrective action was taken.
  • A manager or person in charge lacked proof of food manager certification.
  • There was no proof of required training for an employee.
  • Raw/undercooked animal foods were offered and the establishment had no written consumer advisory. Corrective action was taken.

  • None of the foods in the food truck that were being held for future use were date-marked.

  • An exterior door did not seal properly, and the frame was bent.

  • A follow-up inspection was required.

  • During a follow-up inspection the next day, an inspector observed four flies in the kitchen area.

  • Another follow-up inspection was required.

The WingHouse Bar & Grill, 2015 60th Ave. E., Ellenton

  • An employee rubbed hands together for less than the required 10-15 seconds while handwashing, according to an inspector. Corrective action was taken.

  • A server handled soiled dishes and then proceeded to a task involving food or drink without washing hands. Corrective action was taken.

  • Wiping cloth sanitizing solution exceeded the maximum concentration allowed. Corrective action was taken.

  • No soap was provided at an employee handwash sink. Corrective action was taken.

  • Floors in a walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer and bar area were soiled.

  • Walk-in cooler shelves were soiled with encrusted food debris.

  • There was accumulated grease on the floor at the cook line.

  • There was an accumulation of debris inside of a warewashing machine.

  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

KFC, 1420 Cortez Road W., Bradenton

  • An employee rubbed hands together for less than the required 10-15 seconds while handwashing, according to an inspector. Corrective action was taken.
  • There was an accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of an ice machine. A restaurant operator voluntarily cleaned the machine.
  • A certified food manager or person in charge lacked knowledge of foodborne illnesses and symptoms of illness that would prevent an employee from working with food.

  • A certified food manager was unable to answer basic questions about allergens.

  • The restaurant’s ventilation inadequate as evidenced by excessive steam or vapors in the kitchen.

  • There was grease accumulated on the kitchen floor and/or under cooking equipment.

  • The floor throughout the kitchen area was soiled.

  • There was standing water in a walk-in cooler.

  • An employee with no hair restraint was engaged in food preparation. Corrective action was taken.

  • An employee beverage was stored on a food preparation table. A restaurant operator discarded it.

  • The ceiling was soiled.

  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Eleni’s Pizza Works, 6711 15th St. E., Sarasota

  • Raw or undercooked foods were offered without a written consumer advisory, according to an inspector. Corrective action was taken.
  • Cutting boards throughout the kitchen were stained/soiled.
  • Walk-in cooler shelves were soiled.
  • Cases of food were stored on the floor of a walk-in freezer.
  • An inspector observed fly tape installed over a food preparation area.
  • An employee drink was stored on a food preparation table. Corrective action was taken.
  • Ceiling vents throughout the kitchen were soiled.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, 5309 29th St. E., Ellenton

  • A manager or person in charge lacked food manager certification.
  • There was no proof of required training for any employees.
  • Hot water was not provided at employee handwash sinks in a women’s restroom.
  • A follow-up inspection was required.

Chilango’s Tacos, 2230 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton (food truck)

  • Salsa, sour cream, and breaded beef were cold held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees. The items had been held overnight. A stop sale was issued and the foods were voluntarily discarded.
  • Wiping cloth sanitizer exceeded the maximum concentration allowed. Corrective action was taken.
  • An employee handwash sink was blocked by a garbage can.
  • An inspector observed a handwashing sink in use for washing produce. Corrective action was taken.
  • Cooked beef and salsa that were prepared on site and held for future use were not properly date-marked.
  • An uncleanable knife block was in use to store knives.
  • Potentially hazardous foods stored in a freezer were not frozen solid.
  • A follow-up inspection was required. The business met inspection standards during a follow-up visit.

Casa Di Pizza, 4658 S.R. 64, Bradenton

  • Previously prepared marinara and cooked meatballs that were being reheated did not reach a hot enough temperature within two hours. The foods had been held overnight and placed in a steam table hours prior. A stop sale was issued and the foods were voluntarily discarded.
  • There was an accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of an ice machine.
  • An employee washed hands in a non-handwashing sink. Corrective action was taken.
  • No probe thermometer was at hand to measure the temperature of food products.
  • Reach-in cooler shelves were pitted with rust.
  • An employee drink was stored on food preparation shelving next to cooked pizza. The drink was relocated.
  • The restaurant met inspection standards.

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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.

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 here.

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Ryan Ballogg covers arts, entertainment, dining, breaking and local news for the Bradenton Herald. He has won awards for feature writing and environmental writing in the Florida Press Club’s Excellence in Journalism Competition. Ryan is a Florida native and graduated from University of South Florida St. Petersburg.
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