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Food safety and employee hygiene violations force closure of restaurant

Food safety and employee hygiene violations forced the closure of a restaurant in Leesburg.

Numerous violations were found Friday at the Ichiban Buffet located at 10301 U.S. Hwy. 441, forcing the closure of the restaurant, according to documents on file with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

The Ichiban Buffet in Leesburg

The inspector immediately stopped the sale of numerous food products that were not in “wholesome, sound condition,” the report said. The food included egg soup, sushi, egg rolls, crab rangoon, fried dumplings and chicken wings.

The inspector also found eggs which had cracks or broken shells, raw fish stored over crab salad in a walk-in cooler, a heavily soiled can opener blade, peanut sauce and stuffed shrimp stored uncovered, raw beef in standing water at an improper temperature, among numerous other violations.

In addition, the inspector noted an employee bathroom that was not clean, employees washing their hands in cold water rather than warm water, an employee’s keys on a food prep table and an employee who had been working with soiled dishes did not change gloves before working with food to be served to the public.

The inspector returned to the restaurant on Monday and found that most of the violations had been corrected, although a few basic violations remained.

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