Milton restaurant was ordered closed temporarily after health inspection

MILTON — Live cockroaches were spotted inside a China Wok restaurant that was ordered closed following a routine inspection on Nov. 1, according to documents.

The eatery at 128 Broadkill Road in Milton received a cease and desist order from the Delaware Division of Public Health.
The business reopened Monday, according to an employee who answered the phone Friday. The employee declined further comment.

The DPH ordered all pests to be eliminated from the premises.
An inspection report detailed numerous priority violations including:
• Numerous live roaches underneath three bowl sink.
• No person on site at the time of inspection able to demonstrate any food safety knowledge.
• Noodles improperly cooling in large batches at room temperature.
• Observed hand sink to be blocked.
• Spring rolls stored in large batches at room temperature. 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Employee use bare hand to manipulate broccoli.
• No date marking of any product in facility.
• Cold holding unit violation.
• Employee switched tasks between raw and ready to eat foods without changing gloves or washing hands.

The DPH reported core violations including:
• Back screen door with gaps in it that would allow pests to enter freely.
• Numerous bins of food uncovered or in original cans.
• Most utensils in use not stored properly,
• Drains below three bowl sinks encased in food debris.
• No test strips available to test concentration of sanitizer.

A $130 reinspection fee was assessed due to repeat violations on successive inspections, according to the report.

The report said, “Please perform a deep cleaning of entire facility after treatment has been effective, wash, rinse and sanitize all equipment, discard unlabeled open food.”

If the business had reopened without DPH approval, fines up to $1,000 were possible. A closed sign was not to be removed or covered unless by the DPH.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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