%%

ZINGER’S DELI BOCA RATON: 27 VIOLATIONS LOGGED BY STATE INSPECTOR

Boca Raton Florida News Palm Beach County

THREE INSPECTIONS OVER FIVE DAYS. 27 VIOLATIONS RECORDED. NOT ORDERED TO CLOSE.

%%

Zinger’s Deli was cited for 27 health code violations during three inspections over days. The restaurant was not ordered to close. (Image: ZingersDeli.com).

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspector logged 27 violations at Zinger’s Delicatessan on Beracasa Way in Boca Raton over three separate inspections conducted over five days. BocaNewsNow.com believes this is the largest number of violations reported by the news operation for one restaurant over one inspection period. Despite the number of violations recorded, Zinger’s was never ordered to cease operations.

Per BocaNewsNow.com policy, the following is an unedited list of the violations logged by Florida DBPR.

NOVEMBER 16, 2022 INSPECTION

High Priority – Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed hanging salami (78F – Cold Holding), container states to keep refrigerated, operator stated item has been hanging for multiple weeks in refrigerated. See Stop Sale. Observed display main case – chicken pot pie (45F – Cold Holding); macaroni salad (46F – Cold Holding); potato salad (44F – Cold Holding); 8 potato knish (45F – Cold Holding); 5 sweet potato knish (45F – Cold Holding); meat knish (47F – Cold Holding); chicken salad (46F – Cold Holding); spinach knish (47F – Cold Holding); lettuce cut (47F – Cold Holding); cut tomatoes (46F – Cold Holding); beef tongue (46F – Cold Holding); pastrami (47F – Cold Holding); per operator meat knish, chicken pot pie, potato knish, sweet potato knish, spinach knish, lettuce, tomato were stored in unit for multiple days, see Stop Sale. Other items noted were moved from production cooler or walk-in cooler this morning around 11 am and stored. Operator removed and stored items in freezer to rapidly cool. Observed potato cakes (45F – Cold Holding); brisket cooked (46F – Cold Holding); pasta (45F – Cold Holding);, per operator items were left out on counter while stocking units this morning and stored back into walk-in cooler. Advised operator to remove products from walk-in into container to be relocated. **Corrective Action Taken** **Warning**

High Priority – Stop Sale issued on time/temperature control for safety food due to temperature abuse. Observed hanging salami (78F – Cold Holding), container states to keep refrigerated, operator stated item has been hanging for multiple weeks in refrigerated. See Stop Sale. Observed display main case – chicken pot pie (45F – Cold Holding); potato salad (44F – Cold Holding); 8 potato knish (45F – Cold Holding); 5 sweet potato knish (45F – Cold Holding); meat knish (47F – Cold Holding); spinach knish (47F – Cold Holding); lettuce cut (47F – Cold Holding); cut tomatoes per operator meat knish, chicken pot pie, potato knish, sweet potato knish, spinach knish, lettuce, tomato were stored in unit for multiple days, see Stop Sale. **Warning**

Intermediate – Food-contact surface soiled with food debris, mold-like substance or slime. Observed can opener blade heavily soiled with food debris. Operator removed and cleaned. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**

Intermediate – Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. Observed handwash sink on cook line with food debris accumulated inside. Operator cleaned and advised employee only to use prep sink for cleaning dishes. **Warning**

Intermediate – Manager or person in charge lacking proof of food manager certification. Observed manager Gary Zinger missing proof of manager certification. Other manager certification is available. **Warning**

Intermediate – No written procedures available for use of time as a public health control to hold time/temperature control for safety food. Observed pasta at room temperature next to soup station with time mark as of 11 am missing written plan. Provided plan and operator completed at time of inspection. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**

Intermediate – Ready-to-eat, time/temperature control for safety food prepared onsite and held more than 24 hours not properly date marked. Observed macaroni salad, pot pie in front display and pasta, potato cakes, brisket cooked Monday or earlier and not properly date marked. **Warning**

Basic – Buildup of food debris/soil residue on equipment door handles. Observed oven doors and handles soiled with food debris. **Warning**

Basic – Ceiling/ceiling tile shows damage or is in disrepair. Observed ceiling tiles damaged over storage shelves in rear area, some missing. **Warning**

Basic – Cutting board has cut marks and is no longer cleanable. Observed cutting boards on cook line heavily grooved. **Warning**

Basic – Employee beverage container on a food preparation table or over/next to clean equipment/utensils. Observed employee water in counter above dry storage flour and grains. Operator removed and stored appropriately. **Corrected On-Site** **Repeat Violation** **Warning**

Basic – Food stored on floor. Observed seal bags of brisket on floor in walk-in freezer. Operator removed from floor. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**

Basic – In-use tongs stored on equipment door handle between uses. Observed tongs on oven door. Operator removed tongs. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**

Basic – No handwashing sign provided at a hand sink used by food employees at front counter sink. **Warning**

Basic – Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. Observed rust on shelves in standing cooler on cook line. **Warning**

Basic – Wet mop not stored in a manner to allow the mop to dry. Observed mop stored in mop bucket still damp. Operator removed and hung up. **Corrected On-Site** **Warning**

NOVEMBER 17, 2022 INSPECTION

High Priority – – From initial inspection : High Priority – Stop Sale issued on time/temperature control for safety food due to temperature abuse. Observed hanging salami (78F – Cold Holding), container states to keep refrigerated, operator stated item has been hanging for multiple weeks in refrigerated. See Stop Sale. Observed display main case – chicken pot pie (45F – Cold Holding); potato salad (44F – Cold Holding); 8 potato knish (45F – Cold Holding); 5 sweet potato knish (45F – Cold Holding); meat knish (47F – Cold Holding); spinach knish (47F – Cold Holding); lettuce cut (47F – Cold Holding); cut tomatoes per operator meat knish, chicken pot pie, potato knish, sweet potato knish, spinach knish, lettuce, tomato were stored in unit for multiple days, see Stop Sale. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed walk-in cooler, brisket at 47°F, beef tongue at 48°F, corned beef at 47°F, potato cakes at 47°F. Per operator cooler was service and observed thermostat knob improperly set from service. items have been stored in walk-in cooler overnight and not moved. See Stop Sale. **Time Extended**

High Priority – – From initial inspection : High Priority – Time/temperature control for safety food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Observed hanging salami (78F – Cold Holding), container states to keep refrigerated, operator stated item has been hanging for multiple weeks in refrigerated. See Stop Sale. Observed display main case – chicken pot pie (45F – Cold Holding); macaroni salad (46F – Cold Holding); potato salad (44F – Cold Holding); 8 potato knish (45F – Cold Holding); 5 sweet potato knish (45F – Cold Holding); meat knish (47F – Cold Holding); chicken salad (46F – Cold Holding); spinach knish (47F – Cold Holding); lettuce cut (47F – Cold Holding); cut tomatoes (46F – Cold Holding); beef tongue (46F – Cold Holding); pastrami (47F – Cold Holding); per operator meat knish, chicken pot pie, potato knish, sweet potato knish, spinach knish, lettuce, tomato were stored in unit for multiple days, see Stop Sale. Other items noted were moved from production cooler or walk-in cooler this morning around 11 am and stored. Operator removed and stored items in freezer to rapidly cool. Observed potato cakes (45F – Cold Holding); brisket cooked (46F – Cold Holding); pasta (45F – Cold Holding);, per operator items were left out on counter while stocking units this morning and stored back into walk-in cooler. Advised operator to remove products from walk-in into container to be relocated. **Corrective Action Taken** **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed no hanging salami at front counter. Observed display main case with no food items stored in unit. Observed walk-in cooler, brisket at 47°F, beef tongue at 48°F, corned beef at 47°F, potato cakes at 47°F. Per operator cooler was service and observed thermostat knob improperly set from service. items have been stored in walk-in cooler overnight and not moved. See Stop Sale. Also observed raw hamburger meat at 47°F, Raw Steak at 46°F in bottom of walk-in cooler. Operator removed and stored in freezer to rapidly cool. Items stored overnight. **Time Extended**

Intermediate – – From initial inspection : Intermediate – Manager or person in charge lacking proof of food manager certification. Observed manager Gary Zinger missing proof of manager certification. Other manager certification is available. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed same. **Time Extended**

Basic – – From initial inspection : Basic – Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. Observed rust on shelves in standing cooler on cook line. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed same, **Time Extended**

Basic – – From initial inspection : Basic – Cutting board has cut marks and is no longer cleanable. Observed cutting boards on cook line heavily grooved. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed same. **Time Extended**

Basic – – From initial inspection : Basic – Ceiling/ceiling tile shows damage or is in disrepair. Observed ceiling tiles damaged over storage shelves in rear area, some missing. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed same. **Time Extended**

Basic – – From initial inspection : Basic – Buildup of food debris/soil residue on equipment door handles. Observed oven doors and handles soiled with food debris. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed same. **Time Extended**

NOVEMBER 22, 2022 INSPECTION

Intermediate – – From initial inspection : Intermediate – Manager or person in charge lacking proof of food manager certification. Observed manager Gary Zinger missing proof of manager certification. Other manager certification is available. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed same. **Time Extended** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-22: Observed same, **Time Extended**

Basic – – From initial inspection : Basic – Reach-in cooler shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. Observed rust on shelves in standing cooler on cook line. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed same, **Time Extended** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-22: Observed same. **Time Extended**

Basic – – From initial inspection : Basic – Cutting board has cut marks and is no longer cleanable. Observed cutting boards on cook line heavily grooved. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed same. **Time Extended** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-22: Observed same. **Time Extended**

Basic – – From initial inspection : Basic – Ceiling/ceiling tile shows damage or is in disrepair. Observed ceiling tiles damaged over storage shelves in rear area, some missing. **Warning** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-17: Observed same. **Time Extended** – From follow-up inspection 2022-11-22: Observed same. **Time Extended**

Despite the issues, Zingers was never ordered to close. FL DBPR explains violation categories this way: “A summary of the violations found during the inspection are listed below. The department cites violations of Florida’s sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code. High Priority violations are those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury and include items such as cooking, reheating, cooling and hand-washing. Intermediate violations are those which, if not addressed, could lead to risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness or injury. These violations include personnel training, documentation or record keeping and labeling. Basic violations are those which are considered best practices to implement. While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division’s procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary.”

LOCAL JOURNALISM SUPPORTER.

Binwizards

 

Content copyright © 2023 Metro Desk Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. BocaNewsNow.com ® is a registered trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC. For our intellectual property, terms, and conditions, read hereBroadcast stations must credit BocaNewsNow.com on air. Print must refer to BocaNewsNow.com. Online must link to BocaNewsNow.com. Contact news (at) bocanewsnow.com. Call 561-576-NEWS (6397). Arrest reports are police accusations. Guilt or innocence is determined in a court of law. 

Tagged