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Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

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Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants?

We've gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from August 11 to 16, 2014.

Each restaurant is shown in the slideshow above. The total number of violations the restaurant received is shown in the plate on the left side of the slide. Some details from the inspection report are listed below the slide. If you click on the graphic in the slideshow, it will take you to the original state inspection report.

The 8 restaurants with the highest number of violations for the week are listed below.

Las Vegas Café located at 434 W. Columbus Dr. in Tampa, 38 total violations

State inspectors visited on Aug.12 and issued stop sale orders on the following foods because they were at unsafe temperatures: sprouts 75°F, provolone cheese 60°F, cooked pork 48-62°F, sliced tomatoes 59°F, cooked chicken 48°F, black beans 54°F, white rice 54°F, picadillo 54°F, deli ham 49°F, chicken sauce 52°F and sour cream 58°F.

Inspectors say an employee had not received adequate training related to their assigned duties as evidenced by a "lack of general knowledge in performing their assigned duties." The Certified food manager was unable to answer basic Food Code questions pertaining to safe operation of establishment.

A toxic substance or chemical was stored by or with single-service items: paint cans were stored in a single service closet.

During the previous inspection on June 23, 2014, inspectors found 15 violations.

Panda Buffet & Grill located at 37915 Eiland Blvd. in Zephyrhills, 37 total violations.

State inspectors visited on Aug. 12 and found a container of rice stored on the floor in a dry storage area. The interior of an oven had a heavy accumulation of a black substance, grease, or food debris. Unnecessary items were on the premises: buckets and grocery cart. The walk-in cooler shelves were soiled with encrusted food debris.

There was an accumulation of a black or green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine at the beverage station.

A wall was soiled with accumulated black debris in the dishwashing area.

During the previous inspection on December 4, 2013, inspectors found 25 violations.

El Rincon De Hidalgo located at 7380 Broad St. in Brooksville, 35 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 13 and found roach activity. They say 3 live roaches were under a 2-door reach in cooler. Inspectors say an employee began working with food, handling clean equipment or utensils, or touching unwrapped single-service items without first washing their hands.

Shredded lettuce was held at 59 degrees which is greater than the 41 degree minimum.

No soap was provided at the handwash sink. No paper towels or a mechanical hand drying device was provided at the handwash sink.

Unnecessary persons were in the food preparation, food storage, or warewashing area.

During the previous inspection on June 16, inspectors found 22 violations.

Pho Quyen Cuisine located at 2730 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa, 35 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 14 and say cloth was being used as a food-contact surface for noodles. An employee was engaging in food preparation but was not wearing a hair restraint. Live, small flying insects were in a food preparation area.

Inspectors issued a stop sale shelled eggs due to temperature abuse.

Raw animal food was stored over ready-to-eat food. Inspectors say raw scallops were stored over frozen peas and carrots on the cook's line.

Un-packaged sliced beef was not protected from environmental sources of contamination during preparation.

An ice scoop was stored on top of a dirty ice machine in between uses.

During the previous inspection on March 3, 2014, inspectors found 34 violations.

Famous Pizza located at 109 Fairfield St. in Oldsmar, 32 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 11 and found small flying insects in a food preparation area.

Inspectors issued stop sale orders on the following foods because of temperature abuse: potato salad 50°F, ham 60°F, turkey 56°F, cappicoli 63°F, salami 61°F, cut lettuce 61°F, and cut tomatoes 56°F.

Inspectors say the following foods were found at unsafe temperatures: ham 45°F, turkey 45°F, potato salad 50°F, salami 45°F, ham 60°F, turkey 56°F, capicoli 63°F, salami 61°F, cut lettuce 61°F, cut tomatoes 56°F, cut lettuce 61°F, and chicken wings 46°F.

Inspectors say the Certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of employee health policy and health requirements.

During the previous inspection on April 24, 2014, inspectors found 23 violations.

TJ's Gourmet Pizza Café located at 1515 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach, 31 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 13 and found shelled eggs stored above unwashed produce in a cooler. Nonfood-grade bags were used to store bread.

An unprotected ice machine was in a non-secure area. An ice machine located in an outside storage area was unlocked.

There was encrusted material on a can opener blade. The interior of a microwave was soiled with encrusted food debris

During the previous inspection on April 15, 2014, inspectors found 6 violations.

Expo Restaurant located at 1185 N. Hercules Ave. in Clearwater, 30 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 12 and issued a stop sale order on sausage and stuffing that was not properly cooled.

The following foods were held at unsafe temperatures: beef 45°, cut melon 50°, cole slaw 48°, tuna 51°, gravy 48°, gravy 45°, shelled eggs on cook line 85°, butter 58°, tuna 57°, and beef 45°.

Inspectors say an employee did not wear gloves while handing cabbage. An employee failed to wash their hands before putting on a new set of gloves to work with food.

A bottle of acetaminophen was stored on a shelf over the dishwashing area.

During the previous inspection on April 18, 2014, inspectors found 24 violations.

Acropolis Greek Taverna located at 1833 7th Ave. in Tampa, 30 total violations

State inspectors visited on August 15 and say an employee was touching ready-to-eat food with their bare hands. An employee washed their hands with cold water. An employee was preparing food but was not wearing a hair restraint.

Encrusted, soiled material was on a slicer and a can opener blade.

Inspectors say nonfood-grade containers were used for food storage and a wet wiping cloth was not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.

During the previous inspection on February 25, 2014, inspectors found 14 violations.

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Inspectors from Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted the inspections. The department cited violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division's procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary, according to the Florida DBPR website.

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