Zaxby’s shut down for health violations separate from hepatitis A scare

A Zaxby’s restaurant in Ocala was shut down last week for health violations separate from a hepatitis A scare at the eatery.

The restaurant at 6033 SW Highway 200 was the subject last week of a health department alert urging anyone who ate there between May 22 and June 2 to get a hepatitis A vaccination.

That same Zaxby’s was also shut down June 4 for several violations ranging from a flying insect landing on bread to a manager in charge who “lacks knowledge of employee health policy and health requirements,” according to a report on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Zaxby’s in Ocala at 6033 SW Highway 200.

Most of the violations were related to a complete lack of employee hygiene.

“Employee failed to wash hands before changing gloves and/or putting on gloves to work with food. Employees at the cook line, male employee change his duties and just change his gloves, no handwash is observed,” the inspector wrote in the report.

When employees were washing their hands, they were less than thorough.

“Employee rubbed hands together for less than 10-15 seconds while washing hands. Male employee working at the salad station, washed his hand less than 5 seconds,” the inspector observed.

There were also “live flying insects” in the kitchen, including six on the cook line. At one point the inspector was forced to stop the sale of bread due to an insect landing on it.

There were also problems with temperatures of food, equipment and utensils not properly air-dried and standing water in a floor drain.