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Five “High Priority” Violations For Bruce’s Of Great Neck In Boca

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Inspection By Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation logged five “high priority violations” and seven “basic violations” during its most recent inspection at Bruce’s of Great Neck in Boca Raton. The inspection was conducted September 23rd. The agency ultimately wrote that Bruce’s “met inspection standards.” The public file was just updated.

While we stress that inspectors did “pass” the deli, the “high priority violations” are noteworthy — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as restaurants want customers to believe they are safe. Here is the official language used in the report:

High Priority – Dishmachine chlorine sanitizer not at proper minimum strength. Discontinue use of dishmachine for sanitizing and set up manual sanitization until dishmachine is repaired and sanitizing properly. Tested at 0ppm. Attempted to prime machine. Sanitizer will not dispense. Operator set up triple sink chlorine at 100 ppm to sanitize dishes.


High Priority – Employee failed to wash hands before putting on gloves to initiate a task working with food. Employee was working counter area and placed gloves on to gather bagels and cream cheese without washing hands. Explained proper hand washing procedures. Employee washed hands. **Corrected On-Site**

High Priority – Raw animal food stored over ready-to-eat food. Raw eggs stored on top of line items ham and tomato. Operator removed and placed in pan on line. **Corrected On-Site**


High Priority – Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. butter (70°F – Cold Holding) butter is being held on time. Butter was taken out at 8 am and will be discarded at 12 pm. Operator placed time mark on butter. I provided time as a public health control form. **Corrected On-Site**

High Priority – Wiping cloth sanitizer solution exceeds the maximum concentration allowed. Chlorine sanitizer Tested at over 200 ppm. Explained hazards. Employee remade and retested at 100ppm **Corrected On-Site**

Bruce’s of Great Neck also received 7 “basic” violations. These are considered less urgent but are still recorded by inspectors.

Basic – Bowl or other container with no handle used to dispense food. Cup used to dispense brown sugar. Operator removed. **Corrected On-Site**

Basic – Ceiling/ceiling tiles/vents soiled with accumulated dust. Dust on ceiling tiles located above bagel display areaBasic – Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation. Employee placed hat on **Corrected On-Site**

Basic – Ice buildup in walk-in freezer.

Basic – Ice scoop stored on top of dirty ice machine between uses. Operator cleaned and sanitized ice scoop and placed in clean and sanitized pan. **Corrected On-Site**

Basic – In-use utensil stored in standing water less than 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Knives on cook line held in standing water of 80°F. Operator removed,cleaned and sanitized knives. And discarded water.**Corrected On-Site** **Corrected On-Site**

Basic – Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name. Salt and sugar in kitchen not labeled. Operator labeled. **Corrected On-Site**

Bruce’s of Great Neck is located at 19575 State Road 7 in West Boca Raton. There is no record of a follow up inspection by DBPR.


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