A dozen Monroe facilities didn’t pass initial health inspections
MONROE — A dozen places in town that serve food — including one school and one child care facility — failed inspection in the final quarter of 2019, and there were a total of 31 failures of food service establishments throughout the year.
Health director Nancy Brault said the numbers don’t seem particularly high. She added that a lot of people overseeing food service establishments are facing a learning curve because of the town’s adoption of the Food and Drug Administration’s food code model, which began last year. Under the FDA model, cold foods need to be kept at 41 degrees. The previous standard was 45 degrees.
“People are still adjusting to that,” she said.
Restaurants — and other establishments that serve food — are scored on a 100-point scale. A restaurant fails if it scores below an 80, or if it has one or more violations that are worth four points. These include holding food at the improper temperature, not having adequate hand-washing facilities and other problems.
Most of the facilities that didn’t pass inspection in the past three months of 2019 failed because of at least one four-point violation. All passed subsequent re-inspections. Below is a complete list of which facilities failed inspection, some of the reasons why and when they passed re-inspection.
Jockey Hollow School, 365 Fan Hill Road: Failed inspection Oct. 30. Scored a 94 with a four-point violation for holding food at the wrong temperature, partly due to squash being held at 52 degrees. The school passed re-inspection Dec. 5 with a score of 96.
El Gallo Dorado No. 2, 115 Main St.: Failed inspection Oct. 19. Scored a 90 with a four-point violation for holding food at the improper temperature, due partly to having chicken at 50 degrees and steak at 55 degrees. It passed re-inspection Jan. 10 with a score of 88.
Dunkin’ Donuts, 230 Roosevelt Drive: Failed inspection Oct. 23. Scored an 86, with two four-point violations — one for holding food at the improper temperature and one for an improper hose connection involving a sprayer in a sink. The temperature violation was largely due to ham and cheese that had to be discarded, as the products were left out and were found to be between 57 and 59 degrees. Passed re-inspection Nov. 7 with a score of 96.
Monroe Deli and Catering, 477 Main St.: Failed inspection Oct. 29. Scored an 88 with two four-point violations — one for having food at the improper temperature and one for improper storage of toxic items. The inspection report said the roast beef was at 45 degrees, and a spray bottle of sanitizer wasn’t properly labeled. The restaurant passed re-inspection Dec. 19 with a score of 85.
Thai Berry Kitchen, 440 Main St.: Failed inspection Oct. 28. Scored a 90 with one four-point violation for food kept at the improper temperature, including rice kept at 52 degrees and noodles at 45 degrees. Passed re-inspection Jan. 10 with a 93.
Royal Falafel, 401 Monroe Turnpike: Failed inspection Oct. 31. Scored a 90 with a four-point violation for keeping food at the improper temperature, including tomatoes and cucumbers both kept at 45 degrees. The restaurant passed re-inspection Jan. 10 with a 93.
Stop and Shop, 470 Monroe Turnpike: Failed inspection Oct. 31. Scored an 87 with one four-point violation for food at the improper temperature, due partly to chicken wings kept at 45 degrees. Passed re-inspection on Jan. 10 with a 100.
Great Fortune, 401 Monroe Turnpike: Failed inspection Nov. 19. Scored an 82 with two four-point violations, improper storing of toxic chemicals and improper handwashing facilities. Reportedly a bucket of sanitizer was unlabeled, and a hand-washing sink was blocked by a large bucket of raw chicken. Passed re-inspection on Dec. 5 with a score of 97.
Kindercare, 304 Elm St.: Failed inspection Dec. 6. Scored an 88 with one four-point violation for improper storage of toxic items from improper dilution of sanitizer. Passed re-inspection Dec. 20 with a score of 100.
Roberto’s, 505 Main St.: Failed inspection Dec. 9. Scored a 74 with one four-point violation for improper storage of toxic items, as well as multiple other violations for allegedly less seriously infractions, such as an ice machine soiled with mold and soiled and damaged cutting board. Passed re-inspection Jan. 8 with a score of 92.
Carl Anthony Trattoria and Catering, 477 Main St.: Failed inspection Oct. 29 with a score of 75. There were no four-point violations, but there were eight two-point violations and nine one-point violations. These violations included keeping unclean milk crates in the kitchen and cutting boards that couldn’t be properly cleaned or sanitized. Passed re-inspection Jan. 13 with a score of 96.
Monroe Turnpike Mart, 405 Monroe Turnpike: Failed inspection Dec. 24. Scored an 85 with one four-point violation for improper storage of toxic items. Passed re-inspection Jan. 7 with a score of 98.