Miami Chick-fil-A Violates 30 Health Codes, Including Cockroaches

This year Chick-fil-A took the title America’s favorite restaurant for the eighth consecutive year, according to the US Customer Satisfaction Index. From free food offerings to near-legendary service, including lowering a storm drain for a client’s cell, netizens often praise the chain.

But a Chick-fil-A in Miami-Dade doesn’t seem to do the trick. Florida officials recently ordered the closure of this particular restaurant after discovering 30 health violations.

Violations included more than 50 leaking bugs, odors and trash bags

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspected the restaurant following a complaint. It is unclear what the complaint says. However, the inspection revealed significant issues with live cockroaches and flying insects. WPLG Local 10 obtained a copy of the violations found.

“Cockroach activity present as evidenced by live cockroaches found. I observed 2 live cockroaches crawling on the wall near the employee drinking area,” the report states. “1 live cockroach entered panel strip on wall located in employee drinking area. Observed 1 live cockroach crawling on rear storage area wall.

Additional Violations Included “little flying insects live in kitchen, food preparation area, food storage area and/or bar.” The inspector also observed flying insects near the sink, counter beverage section, ice maker and walls. The number of insects varied between two and fifty plus.

The inspector also found food residue in the prep sink, a buildup of food debris on equipment door handles, and “unpleasant odors in the kitchen.”

“Trash is not placed in a receptacle to be stored until picked up to make the trash inaccessible to insects and rodents. Garbage bags observed sitting in box with liquid leaking, located near rear kitchen door marked exit,” the report said. He also said: “The interior of the oven/microwave has a buildup of black stuff/grease/food debris. The cooker, fryers, grill and prep table observed are soiled.

A venue closed by Florida officials for violations

According WPLG Local 10, the 820 North Miami Beach Boulevard location is relatively new. An inspector visited the Chick-fil-A last week. Following the discoveries, the authorities ordered the closure of the place on August 2. WPLG spoke to the location manager about the results.

“This has all been resolved,” the official said. “We will contact you as soon as our [public relations] the team is ready.”

Records show the department inspector returned on August 3; however, “many violations still existed.” Thus, the location was not allowed to reopen after the first re-inspection. WPLG also reported that the Chick-fil-A PR manager or team never contacted the station with updated comments.

At this time, it is unclear if the location remains closed. However, the WPLG reported that “All closed venues have been allowed to reopen after an orderly cleaning and re-inspection.”

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