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Health inspector halts sales and shuts down popular Ocala doughnut shop

A popular Ocala doughnut shop was forced to close recently when a health inspector found 16 violations – the most egregious of which involved issues with food items and roaches in the eatery.

A health inspector found 16 violations at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 3622 W Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala recently.

The health inspector visited the Dunkin’ Donuts at 3622 W Silver Springs Blvd. on May 23 and reported finding almond milk, butter and eggs stored at temperatures higher than 41 degrees in a reach-in cooler and drawer unit. The inspector then issued a stop sale “due to temperature abuse,” a report on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation states.

The other high-priority violation was issued because 15 live roaches were found in a sticky pad under a coffee machine on the front counter. The eatery was then closed at 3:27 p.m., the report says.

Intermediate violations were issued for an accumulation of a black/green mold substance in the interior of an ice machine, a handwash sink not accessible for employee use and no paper towers or a mechanical hand-drying device provided at a handwash sink.

Ten basic violations also were cited. Those included:

  • Donuts and paper debris under racks and cups and food debris under shelves at the front counter;
  • Approximately 20 dead roaches on a sticky pad on a counter under a coffee machine;
  • Two employee drinks on a donut prep table;
  • Two employees’ hats on a donut prep table;
  • An ice bucket/shovel stored improperly between uses;
  • A buildup of ice in a walk-in freezer near the back of a unit;
  • No conspicuously located ambient air temperature thermometer in a holding unit;
  • Old food labels on two pans at a clean dish shelf;
  • Sanitizing solution on a prep table not free of food debris and visible soil; and
  • A try of muffins uncovered in a walk-in freezer.

The health inspector returned the following day and found two remaining violations. But the restaurant was allowed to reopen at 8:44 a.m., the report says.