BurgerFi closes after rat feces found in potato bin

A national burger chain was forced to temporarily close one of its local restaurants for a day after a health inspector found evidence of rodents, including feces in a sink with potatoes being prepped for consumption.

The BurgerFi located at 3801 W Lake Mary Boulevard in Lake Mary was forced to close for Thursday, July 6, after a health inspector from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation cited at least 10 health code violations.

According to the report, the inspector cited rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found all throughout the restaurant. Over 20 droppings were found on an oil system, while 12 others were found on a drying area and on a box of sweetener.

Additionally, a rat dropping was found in water that was holding potatoes. As a result, a stop sale was issued for any foods containing the ingredient.

Rodent rub and chew marks were also present along walls and ceilings in the restaurant. The report indicates that rub marks were found on a can liner and on a roll of towels, and chew marks were also spotted on towels.

The restaurant was permitted to reopen on Friday, July 7, after only two basic violations were cited during a follow-up inspection.

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