Davie, FL

Live Maggots are Found in South Florida's Most Popular Restaurant Kitchen

Sheeraz Qurban

Last week, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspected several locations in South Florida and found instances of roach, rodent, and fly infestations. As a result, some places were ordered to shut down immediately, while others received warnings and must undergo a follow-up inspection. See below for a list of affected locations.

"The Department has discretion on who is ordered shut and who is not and it should NOT be that way," said a frustrated business owner in South Florida.

Last week, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted several inspections in the region, and several locations were found to have roach, rodent, or fly infestations. However, all the places that were ordered shut were allowed to re-open following an ordered clean-up and re-inspection.

"We took immediate action to address the issues and ensure that our establishment is safe and clean," said the owner of a taco bell in Davie.

For several weeks now, no food establishments in Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys have been ordered to shut down, but that changed for some businesses in Davie last week.

The violations found were serious and alarming, including the presence of insects, rodents, or other pests, as well as dead roaches on the premises.

"Observed approximately 100 live maggots or more in standing water on the floor moving around at cook line next to nacho chip holder," noted the inspection report for the Davie Taco Bell.

The report also highlighted several violations related to employee hygiene and safety, such as an employee drinking from an unenclosed beverage container while preparing food and not washing hands properly.

Similarly, at Joadis Grocery and Restaurant, the inspection found several violations related to rodent activity, with droppings found in the billiards room and closets. "Operator started cleaning and sanitizing during an inspection," said the report, indicating that corrective action was taken immediately.

While some businesses were ordered to shut down temporarily, the Department's inspections serve an essential purpose in maintaining public health and safety.

"Our goal is always to work with businesses to ensure compliance and protect the public," said a representative from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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