5 Alachua County restaurants cited for high-priority violations (2024)

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For a complete list of local restaurant inspections, including violations not requiring warnings or administrative action, visit our Alachua County restaurant inspections site.

Here's the breakdown for recent health inspections in Alachua County, Florida, for the week of June 24-30, 2024. Please note that some more recent, follow-up inspections may not be included here.

Disclaimer: The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation describes an inspection report as 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.

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Which Alachua County restaurants got perfect scores on their health inspections?

These restaurants met all standards during their June 24-30 inspections and no violations were found.

  • Blue Agave, 4401 NW 25th Place Ste A, Gainesville**
  • Vecinos, 208 W. University Ave., Gainesville**

** Restaurants that failed an inspection and aced a follow-up inspection in the same week

Which Alachua County restaurants had high priority violations?

Bento Cafe

3841 SW Archer Rd Ste D, Gainesville

Complaint Inspection on June 24

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

3 total violations, with 2 high-priority violations

  • High Priority - - From initial inspection : High Priority - Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed: the walk-in cooler: chicken 46,47,48. Cream cheese 46F. door is now being shut each time, coils are about to be cleaned. ALSO, the sushi area: ice bags are added. There is a fan on the sushi line that blows directly on the cold hold unit, with temperatures over 41F on the top and 43-41F below. **Corrective Action Taken** **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint** - From follow-up inspection 2024-06-24: Walk-in cooler: teriyaki chicken 45F **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - - From initial inspection : High Priority - Time/temperature control for safety food identified in the written procedure as a food held using time as a public health control has no time marking and the time removed from temperature control cannot be determined. Observed: the pooled eggs for the panko area lacked a time stamp. An adjusted time stamp was then being added. **Corrective Action Taken** - From follow-up inspection 2024-06-24: No time mark **Time Extended**

Cava

1404 W. University Ave. Ste 20, Gainesville

Complaint Inspection on June 28

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

3 total violations, with 1 high-priority violation

  • High Priority - Time/temperature control for safety food, other than whole meat roast, hot held at less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed: the items on hot hold front line: rice 104,122, lentils 108°. The manager put the items on high temperature to bring that back to a complying temperature. A breaker had flipped recently. The unit was plugged in prior to the inspectors arrival. The items were hot holding at 146 and 137 at the end of the inspection. **Corrected On-Site** **Admin Complaint**

China 88 Food Inc

4217 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville

Routine Inspection on June 27

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

16 total violations, with 3 high-priority violations

  • High Priority - Nonfood-grade bags used in direct contact with food. Smiley face Togo bags containing raw meat inside walk in freezer.
  • High Priority - Raw animal food stored over/not properly separated from ready-to-eat food. Raw chicken stored over red sauce in walk in cooler. **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. fresh garlic and oil (64F - Cold Holding); cooked general tso sauce (61F - Cold Holding) spoke to operator about either keeping food in cooler or adding to time as a public health control application. Operator placed items in cooler. **Corrective Action Taken**

Krystal

7700 W. Newberry Rd, Gainesville

Complaint Inspection on June 24

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

7 total violations, with 3 high-priority violations

  • High Priority - Stop Sale issued on time/temperature control for safety food due to temperature abuse. Item in front counter ice cream machine: shake mix (62F - Cold Holding). Manager stated shake mix stored in machine overnight. **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Item in front counter ice cream machine: shake mix (62F - Cold Holding). Manager stated shake mix stored in machine overnight. **Repeat Violation** **Admin Complaint**
  • High Priority - Vacuum breaker missing at mop sink faucet or on fitting/splitter added to mop sink faucet. Both sides of splitter for mop sink.

McDonald's Gainesville

1206 W. University Ave., Gainesville

Complaint Inspection on June 27

Follow-Up Inspection Required: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public.

6 total violations, with 1 high-priority violation

  • High Priority - Spray hose at dish sink lower than flood rim of sink. At the three-compartment sink.

What agency inspects restaurants in Florida?

Routine regulation and inspection of restaurants is conducted by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The Department of Health is responsible for investigation and control of food-borne illness outbreaks associated with all food establishments.

How do I report a dirty restaurant in Florida?

If you see abuses of state standards, report them and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation will send inspectors. Call the Florida DBPR at 850-487-1395 or report a restaurant for health violations online.

Get the whole story at our restaurant inspection database.

What does all that terminology in Florida restaurant inspections mean?

Basic violations are those considered against best practices.

A warning is issued after an inspector documents violations that must be corrected by a certain date or within a specified number of days from receipt of the inspection report.

An administrative complaint is a form of legal action taken by the division. Insufficient compliance after a warning, a pattern of repeat violations or existence of serious conditions that warrant immediate action may result in the division initiating an administrative complaint against the establishment. Says the division website: "Correcting the violations is important, but penalties may still result from violations corrected after the warning time was over."

An emergency order — when a restaurant is closed by the inspector — is based on an immediate threat to the public. Here, the Division of Hotels and Restaurants director has determined that the establishment must stop doing business and any division license is suspended to protect health, safety or welfare of the public.

A 24-hour call-back inspection will be performed after an emergency closure or suspension of license.

5 Alachua County restaurants cited for high-priority violations (2024)

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