DANVERS — A popular Danversport eatery has been given several months to correct food handling violations the town’s public health inspector found during a recent inspection, Public Health Director Peter Mirandi said.
The Board of Health met in a special session Friday to discuss the suspension of the health permit for Londi’s Famous Roast Beef, Pizza and More. They voted to allow the restaurant, at 116 Water St., to continue serving as it puts a food safety plan in place to address deficiencies.
Public Health Inspector Mark Carleo visited the restaurant April 9, two days after the department received a complaint, Mirandi said.
Carleo said he found the person in charge was not trained to perform the required safe food-handling duties; surfaces that came into contact with food were not properly sanitized; and some hand-washing stations were not stocked or were out of order. Carleo said he saw an employee eat pizza cheese out of a tub “without a hand wash.”
Prepared food was not being kept at the proper temperature, Carleo reported, calling it “rampant temperature abuse.”
Carleo said all the violations he noticed can be corrected with a food safety plan in place.
Town records show the restaurant changed hands in August of last year. It first opened in December 2010.
Mirandi said even though the restaurant’s permit had been suspended following the inspection, it was allowed to continue to operate until the Board of Health met on Friday. At that meeting, the board was introduced to the restaurant’s food safety consultant, a Peabody nurse named Grace Martins, who is listed as a Massachusetts food protection manager trainer on the state Department of Public Health website.
The board voted to let the restaurant continue to function so long as it keeps its food safety consultant under contract, corrects problems with temperatures and agrees to monthly audits by the health inspector from May to August. At that time, the town will revisit the suspension to see if it should be removed permanently, Mirandi said.
“We’ll consider it,” Mirandi said of the restaurant’s risk control plan, “and maybe amend it, and that’s how we get the risks controlled by the management.”
Restaurant manager Mohamed Alam could not be reached yesterday for comment.
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