Orlando buffet fails health inspection after over 40 roaches found

An Orlando buffet specializing in Chinese and Japanese cuisine was forced to temporarily close last week after more than 40 roaches were found during a health inspection.

The restaurant, Hokkaido Chinese & Japanese Buffet located at 12173 S Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando, was temporarily closed on Tuesday, April 9, after failing a health inspection conducted by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

During the inspection, the restaurant was cited for 18 violations, including five considered high priority.

The inspector’s report notes that 46 live roaches were found throughout the restaurant, including more than 30 roaches on the bottom side of the wok station.

Other violations listed in the report include: raw chicken being stored over dairy products in the walk-in cooler; equipment and utensils not being properly sanitized; nonfood-contact surfaces being soiled with food debris, dirt, or dust; and a hole being observed in the dry storage area.

Hokkaido Chinese & Japanese Buffet was reinspected later that same day, and the restaurant was permitted to reopen after inspection standards were met.

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