Deerfield-News.com-Deerfield Beach, Fl-Many of my own favorite restaurants seem to have had issues passing routine inspections. If not for the fact I am continuously using the DBPR’s website to search out local restaurants’ most recent inspections I would have no idea like everyone else how clean they really are. The time has come to do what other states do and post the most recent inspections in the front window or at the counter of every food serving establishment. Running a restaurant and serving the public must be treated seriously, people’s health is at stake. The state also needs to tighten up the rules on the food handlers working there also. As demonstrated by recent outbreaks of Hepatitis caused by infected food handlers, this is a serious subject. I have had readers write and accuse people they know of handling foods while they claim they have hepatitis.I, of course, have no way to prove or disprove those allegations, but the restaurant owners do and should.
The time also seems right for the state of Florida to do something about habitually dirty and potentially hazardous to your health restaurants like Asian Buffet and Grill. They hold the record for failed inspections and temporary closures in Broward County. The state of Florida must have the authority to permanently close these few problematic offenders. Habitual offenders who run dirty restaurants that can not pass inspections for high priority violations should not be allowed to operate in secret, where the only way the public knows is from the media reporting the establishment failed their inspection.
Making it mandatory to post reports where consumers can see them is a no brainer and easily done.
As we receive the rest of the information we requested from the DBPR about closures we will post, below is their first response to our inquiry.
|Dear Howard Levy,
Thank you for contacting the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) regarding the Division of Hotels and Restaurants (DHR).
Based on an immediate threat to the public, the Division of Hotels and Restaurants director has determined that the establishment must stop doing business and any division license is suspended to protect the public health, safety or welfare. A 24-hour callback inspection will be performed after an emergency closure or emergency suspension of license. The establishment may reopen only when a division inspection shows that all high priority violations that caused the suspension are corrected. For more information on inspection results and dispositions, please visit our inspection dispositions page using the link below.
HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS – INSPECTION DISPOSITIONS
Each inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day, an establishment may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment. Because conditions can change rapidly, establishments are not graded or rated.
The results of each inspection visit are recorded at the end of the inspection. Beginning in December 2007, the division added plain language alternatives to the inspection reports and the portal display to help the public better understand the results. These results and dispositions fall into the following categories.
The inspector determined that any violations found did not warrant subsequent follow-up until the next routine inspection. Dispositions included in this result are:
The inspector determined that violations require further action to ensure the public’s health and safety, but are not severe enough to warrant immediate closure. Dispositions included in this result are:
The inspector recommended closing the facility immediately after finding conditions that may endanger the health and safety of the public. Dispositions included in this result are: