TAMPA, Fla. -- What started as a customer complaint about a roach at a Tampa area McDonald's has turned into a laundry list of health violations.
In May, a customer complained a live roach fell from the ceiling onto his food at a McDonald's on Martin Luther King Boulevard, right off I-275. That prompted a state inspection.
The inspector said upon his arrival, he was denied immediate access to the kitchen and told to "take a seat." The inspector and his supervisors recommended an administrative complaint.
He was eventually allowed access into the kitchen. There he documented 21 violations, including seven considered critical.
Among the problems documented by the state were:
• Grease accumulating under the cooking equipment
• Food and standing water on the floor
• A toxic item near the utensils
• Roaches: 25-30 dead roaches under the front service counter, and another 5 live roaches near the kitchen sink.
The inspector also documented the ceiling was soiled with accumulated food debris, and substantiated the original consumer complaint of roaches in the restaurant.
McDonald's sent WTSP Tampa a written statement:
"The safety and cleanliness of our McDonald's restaurants are of the utmost importance to us. We always comply and regularly exceed standards for health inspections. A recent health inspector's report referenced a situation that was the result of confusion between the inspector and McDonald's protocol. The restaurant staff followed procedure and received supervisor approval and the inspector was admitted to conduct his inspection. The findings were acted upon and the restaurant is in complete compliance with health regulations."
But on WTSP Tampa's visit, the station found numerous flying insects at the service counter, considered a critical violation, ketchup on a seat in the dining room and more food on the floor behind the counter.
The visit came right after the busy lunchtime rush.
McDonald's restaurants typically do well on their state inspections.
Two McDonald's, one in Bradenton on 53rd Avenue East and another in Sarasota at 8164 North Tamiami Trail, had perfect records with not a single violation over their past two inspections.
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