Inspectors observed mold-like growth in the ice bin and on food at one Bradenton restaurant. Other restaurant citations around Manatee County included handwashing violations, food not properly protected and issues storing food at the proper temperatures.
- Mold-like growth was found on food at Birdrock Taco Shack, 1004 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. An inspector said they discovered a black mold-like substance on whipped cream in a reach-in cooler. The restaurant said the item was only used for a special event and the inspector ordered a stop sale. An employee also began to work with food, clean equipment or utensils without washing their hands first and food cold held at temperatures higher than 41 degrees. Fish, raw shrimp and plant foods were all cooling at temperatures around 45 degrees, according to an inspector. The refrigerator containing the food wasn’t capable of storing food at 41 degrees or below, so the inspector advised Birdrock to store the food in a different cooler or use time as public health control. The restaurant had issues with hot holding food above 135 degrees as well. An inspector said warm butter milk was observed at 66 degrees. A mold-like substance was also observed inside Birdrock’s ice bin, which was corrected on-site, an inspector said. The handwash sink at Birdrock wasn’t accessible due to a bucket stored in it and and employee was seen using the sink as a dump skin, according to an inspector. A follow-up inspection was required.
- Salsa was stored at 71 degrees, higher than the required 41 degrees, at The Spot Tacos and More, 1707 First St., Bradenton, an inspector said. The restaurant was also cited for not providing access to its handwash sink, which was blocked by a cart and filled with items. Those issues were resolved on-site.
- At Wicked Taco Cantina, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, the dishwasher handled dirty dishes and then clean ones without washing their hands multiple times, according to an inspector. A bin of cut citrus fruit was stored in the ice used for drinks and there was no proof of required state-approved training for employees who were hired more than 60 days ago. The violations were corrected.
- Peach’s Restaurant, 3201 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, was storing hot food at temperatures lower than the required 135 degrees. Corrective action was taken, according to an inspector. Raw animal food was stored over ready-to-eat food, which was corrected, and the restaurant stored waffle and pancake batter at temperatures higher than 41 degrees. The inspector explained how to use time as public health control.
- An inspector said food on display was not properly protected from contamination, citing a customer who reached under the sneeze guard to scoop ice cream at Panda Buffet, 3901 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
- Displayed food wasn’t properly protected from contamination at Joey D’s at Palmetto, 945 10th St. E., Palmetto. Pizza and salad dressing in the restaurant’s self-service buffet were not protected, an inspector said. There was also no proof of required state-approved employee training for some employees.
- Raw food was stored over ready-to-eat food at Ace’s Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton. An inspector said they found raw shelled eggs stored on top of bottled beverages and chocolates. The violation was corrected on-site. There also were issues with storing cold food at temperatures below 41 degrees. Poultry, provolone cheese and dairy were all stored at temperatures around 45 degrees. According to the inspector, the food manager at Ace’s Lounge had an expired food manager certification.
- Raw shell eggs were stored over ready to eat foods at Restaurant Edelweiss, 611 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, according to an inspector. There also wasn’t proof of required state-approved training for some employees.