Meritage highly violated all other restaurants in the amount of deliberate food-code violations that it already incurred in the remaining six months of 2012. A rise of inspections followed a settled report in September of an individual getting sick by bacteria found in raw oysters.
Owner and Chef Russell Klein of Meritage states, “Obviously we do everything we can to mitigate the risk involved. When you sell as many oysters as much as we do; these things are going to happen.”
The restaurant is at a disadvantage with inspectors over other occurrences as well.
Other restaurants with the maximum number of serious violations were detected in the Hmong Village indoor market located on Johnson Parkway.
St Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections discovered 1,725 new or continuous serious food code violations during 261 inspections at 210 restaurants in the remaining 6 months of 2012.
Listed are the top 10 restaurants that have new or continuous serious violations.
- Meritage, 410 St. Peter St., 29 critical violations, 37 total
- Dragon Express, 1001 Johnson Pkwy., 9 critical, 19 total
- Señor Wong Restaurant, 111 Kellogg Blvd. E., 8 critical, 31 total
- Yang’s Cuisine, 1001 Johnson Pkwy., 8 critical, 21 total
- tied) Sakura Japanese Restaurant, 350 St. Peter St., 8 critical, 17 total
- (tied) D. Brian’s Deli & Catering, 444 Cedar St., 8 critical, 17 total
- Thai Ginger Deli, 1001 Johnson Pkwy., 7 critical, 18 total
- Zamboni’s Pizza, 184 W. 7th St., 6 critical, 30 total
- Taqueria Los Paisanos, 825 E. 7th St., 6 critical, 17 total
- Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steak House, 380 St. Peter St., 6 critical, 16 total
All ten restaurants were cited for improper food handling, storing foods and monitoring at incorrect temperatures, and not maintaining cleanliness in the restaurant environment. These ongoing violations increase the risk of food-borne illnesses.
Robert Humphrey, spokesman for the city Department of Safety and Inspections states “These aren’t optional items; this is the Minnesota Department of Health food code, which follows federal and state rules. The city of St. Paul operates under a state delegation agreement to enforce the … code.”
Written by Macy Chang, Main Sources Startribune.com