Chinese restaurant in Orlando temporarily closes due to flies

A Chinese restaurant in Orlando was temporarily shut down last week after more than 30 flies were spotted during a health inspection.

On Monday, February 26, Yummi located at 1937 S Alafaya Trail was closed after a health inspector found a total of 27 health code violations, according to a report filed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Six of those violations were deemed “high priority,” including flies that were observed throughout the restaurant.

In the report, the health inspector noted that one fly was on a wall hear an employee handwashing sink, one fly was near the reach-in cooler, five flies were on a portable washing machine, 17 flies were near another sink, two flies were hovering near several soups in the kitchen, five flies were on a clean tray, and two flies were on a bucket near the back door.

Other violations listed in the report include multiple food items being incorrectly stored in the reach-in cooler. Inside that cooler, the health inspector observed raw chicken being stored over beef, raw beef being stored over unwashed cabbage, raw shrimp and raw steak being stored over ready-to-eat carrots, and unwashed broccoli being stored over ready-to-eat sauces.

The health inspector also found noodles and pork that were cooked the previous day, and the report stated that these items were “held more than 24 hours” with “no date marked.”

A second inspection was conducted on Tuesday, February 27, and there was no mention of flies in the follow-up report. The restaurant was cited for a dozen violations, including several food items being prepared onsite and held for more than 24 hours without being “properly date marked.”

Several maintenance issues were also cited in the initial and follow-up reports, including a non-functioning light in the kitchen, cracking in the floor under the woks, and water leaking from a handwashing sink in the kitchen.

The health inspector noted that time was being extended regarding the 12 violations cited in the February 27 report. No further details were provided.

A call to Yummi this week confirmed that it has since reopened. Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation records show that as of February 27, the restaurant is still required to pass another follow-up inspection.

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