Capio’s Cafe, 2710 Blanding Blvd., and Huddle House, 4094 County Road 218, both in Middleburg, were cited for “vermin activity” during inspections in January.
An email from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation gave these details regarding the violations.
Capio’s Cafe received an unannounced routine inspection on Jan. 25, 2023 and “evidence of vermin activity was observed,” the email said. “The inspection revealed live vermin activity and multiple vermin droppings throughout the establishment. The person-in-charge of the establishment removed several rodent droppings and cleaned the affected areas during the course of the inspection, and the violation was marked as ‘corrective action taken.’
“However, an Emergency Order of Suspension of License was issued at approximately 10:44 a.m. to give the establishment time to eliminate the conditions that present a risk to the public. No evidence of vermin activity was observed during the follow-up inspection on Jan. 26, and the Emergency Order was vacated at 7:49 a.m.,” the email said.
The Jan. 25 inspection report says approximately 97 rodent droppings were found at Capio’s in the following areas: About 70 rodent droppings found under the water heater next to the mop sink in the kitchen. Approximately 15 rodent droppings were found on the drain pan for the water heater next to the mop sink in the kitchen. Approximately 10 rodent droppings were found under the dish machine in the kitchen and two rodent droppings were found under the front counter under the computer.
Huddle House was inspected on Jan. 23, 2023 “in response to a consumer complaint alleging the presence of vermin and other issues,” the email said.
Evidence of vermin activity was observed during the division’s Jan. 23 inspection. “An Emergency Order of Suspension of License was issued at approximately 4:33 p.m. No evidence of vermin activity was observed during the follow-up inspection on Jan. 24, and the Emergency Order was vacated at 8:15 a.m.,” the email said.
The Huddle House inspection on Jan. 23 found rodent activity present as evidenced by approximately 58 rodent droppings under shelving in a dry storage area. Rodent activity is considered a high priority violation, the most severe.
Another high priority violation found during the inspection: Approximately 11 flying insects were observed at the prep area sink. Approximately four flying insects were observed at the trash can by the fire extinguishers on the front line and two flying insects were observed at the back prep table.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation says that 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. Inspections conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment, according to the department. Because conditions can change rapidly, establishments are not graded or rated.
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