Someone Filed An Apparently False Report With State Of Florida…
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Someone apparently tried to cause problems for Rocco’s Tacos at Boca Center. The restaurant, beloved by many, just received a largely clean bill of health from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
But on or around March 5th, someone filed a complaint with the State of Florida, claiming that Rocco’s Boca Raton location was transmitting a “foodborne illness” to patrons. There is no indication that anyone actually got sick. There have been no reports from the Florida Department of Health that any illness in the area is being traced back to the upscale Mexican restaurant.
The State of Florida made clear that it’s not concerned, writing “Unproven” in its report filed on March 17th. But the claim did lead to a full inspection of the restaurant. The inspection revealed four basic violations, three intermediate violations, and one “high priority” violation. Inspectors did not believe that any of the violations were significant enough to lead to a closure of Rocco’s.
Here are the violations which, per BocaNewsNow.com policy, are published verbatim from FLDBPR without editing:
Basic – Nonfood-contact surface soiled with grease, food debris, dirt, slime or dust. Can opener blade.
Basic – Soiled dry wiping cloth in use. In pep area on prep table. Cloth moved to soiled bin.
Basic – Wiping cloth quaternary ammonium compound sanitizing solution not at proper minimum strength. At bar, Sanitizer Bucket (Quaternary 0ppm). Sanitizer corrected to 200ppm Quaternary **Corrected On-Site**
Basic – Working containers of food removed from original container not identified by common name. At cookline, bottles of olive oil and tequila not labeled.
Intermediate – Clam/mussel/oyster tags not marked with last date served.
Intermediate – Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. At bar, hand sink used to dump soda and store pitcher. Item removed and sink cleaned and sanitized **Corrected On-Site**
Intermediate – No soap provided at handwash sink. At prep area hand sink. Operator supplied soap **Corrected On-Site**
High Priority – Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. At cookline cooler #2, sour cream (52-41°F- Cold holding). Item stored in an over stacked manner. Over stacked portion removed to lower cooler to chill and cold hold. **Corrective Action Taken**
Rocco’s Tacos in Boca Raton was not closed at any time as a result of this inspection. We reached out for comment on the allegation of a ”foodborne illness.” We’ll update when we hear back from a corporate representative.
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