State Inspectors Cite Phat Boy Sushi For 18 Violations


By Kevin Deutsch

Phat Boy Sushi in Coral Springs was temporarily shut down by the state last week after health inspectors discovered 18 sanitary violations, including 50 live flies found landing on food and cutting boards, state records show.

According to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, problems at the popular restaurant, located at 2702 N. University Dr., included four “high priority” violations for issues with dishwashing sanitation, improper food containers, and improperly stored raw foods.

Inspectors said they saw around “20-30 live flies flying around bar area landing on alcohol bottles, alcohol shelves, hand washing sink, bar drain under Lagunitas, Coors Light, draft beers taps” during their April 20 visit to the business.

“Observed ten live flies on alcohol shelves directly over uncovered plates on top of reach-in cooler located at sushi bar station directly behind bar area station,” the inspectors wrote, as well as “5 or more live flies flying around sushi bar located to the left of bar area landing on sushi cutting board in use, sushi reach-in cooler, container with shredded carrots, shredded radishes, spicy Mayo bottles, eel sauce, spicy ginger-containers, knives in use and to-go containers. “

Inspectors also saw “5 or more live flies on to-go boxes on cook line in the kitchen area,” records show.

“Operations ordered stopped until violations are corrected,” the state authorities wrote.

When inspectors returned for a follow-up visit on April 23, no violations were found, records show. The restaurant was allowed to reopen.

The state regularly conducts inspections of public food, service, and lodging establishments to ensure compliance with Florida’s sanitation and safety laws.

According to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, each inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions 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,” according to the agency. “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.”

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Kevin Deutsch

Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.

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