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State inspectors found problems with roaches and temporarily closed four Tampa Bay eateries from June 23 to June 28.

We've listed the restaurants that were closed below, along with details about what inspectors say they found.

Towne House Pizza Restaurant at 215 SR 52 in Hudson

June 23: Restaurant temporarily closed with 17 violations

  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found. 1 live roach under 3 compartment sink.
  • 5 live roaches under make line reach-in cooler.
  • 7 live roaches under prep counter with utensil storage.
  • All potentially hazardous foods in reach-in cooler held at temperatures greater than 41 degrees.

June 24: Restaurant reopened with 5 violations.

Del Valle Latin Store & Market at 1520 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa

June 23: Restaurant temporarily closed with 47 violations

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  • 1 roach by bakery display
  • Dead roaches on premises.
  • Meat Refrigerator not maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures.
  • No currently certified food service manager on duty with four or more employees engaged in food preparation/handling.
  • No plan review submitted and approved - bar area added.

Reinspected on June 24, restaurant remained closed with 35 violations.

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June 25: Restaurant reopened with 27 violations, but follow-up inspection required.

Cafe Milano at 105 N. Ft. Harrison Ave. in Clearwater

June 24: Restaurant temporarily closed with 23 violations

  • Dead roaches on premises.
  • 37 dead roaches in kitchen and prep area.
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  • 2 live roaches found on slicer.
  • 1 live roach found in dining room.
  • 14 live roaches found in cook line/front prep area.
  • Potentially hazardous cold food held at greater than 41 degrees: ham 49°, sausage 49°, ham 48°, tomato 50°.
  • Accumulation of black/green mold-like substance in the interior of the ice machine.

Reinspected on June 25, restaurant remained closed with 7 violations.

June 25: Restaurant reopened with 4 violations.

Pollo Rumbero at 2810 E. Busch Blvd. in Tampa

June 25: Restaurant temporarily closed with 36 violations

  • Dead roaches on premises.
  • Roach activity present as evidenced by live roaches found.
  • 47 live roaches on dish rack.
  • 3 live roaches under hot hold unit by dish rack.
  • 1 live roach by bulk containers.
  • 1 live roach on wall by food storage.
  • Yuca held at temperature greater than 41 degrees.
  • Pork held at temperature greater than 41 degrees.
  • Rice held at temperature greater than 41 .
  • Shell eggs held at room temperature with an ambient air temperature greater than 45 degrees.
  • Walk-in cooler not maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures.

June 26: Restaurant reopened with 15 violations.

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Inspectors from Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted the inspections. The department cited violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the division's procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary, according to the Florida DBPR website.

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