Many Queens restaurant guests include mice and roaches

Evidence of mice (dead or alive) present in restaurant facilities made up over half (58 percent) of the critical violations between mice, rats and roaches throughout Queens, N.Y. in 2016, according to the NYS database.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) graded 262 establishments with a “C” due to critical violations regarding mice, rats and roaches in 2016.

Live roaches were the second-biggest concern adding up to nearly 36 percent overall.

The DOHMH also approved the re-opening of 50 restaurants after being previously shut down due to the same critical violations.

Specifically, 28 restaurants were previously shut down because of mice and another 20 locations were previously forced to close because of live roaches.

 The setup for DOHMH’s restaurant grading system is based on score brackets: 0-13 inspection points equals an A, 14-27 equals a B, and any score that’s 28 or above equals a C.

A critical violation consists of at least five points added to a restaurant’s inspection score, while a general violation consists of two points, according to the New York Department of Health.

Sanitary inspections are required by the DOHMH to check for several aspects that include: Vermin control, food handling, food temperature, personal hygiene, facility and equipment maintenance, and etc.

Chinese (52), American (30) and Latin cuisine restaurants (28) compiled the highest amount of C-graded inspections.

Chinese (eight), American (six) and Caribbean cuisine restaurants (four) also led in the amount of approved re-openings after a failed health inspection.

All three critical violations include five sets of conditions that determine the amount of points given. Condition level one for evidence of either mice, rats or live roaches in the facility’s food areas automatically costs five points.

Then condition level two costs six points, level three goes up to seven, level four goes up to eight and level five (the highest possible condition) adds 28 points to the inspection.

Each condition for all three violations is based on the number of pests and/or droppings in one or several areas throughout the establishment.

Restaurants with an A or B sanitary inspection grades are also subject to mice, rat or roaches.

Nearly 1,200 restaurants in Queens passed with a B grade while receiving a critical violation citation regarding evidence of mice, rats or roaches.

Over 2,600 establishments that received an A grade were also listed with the same type of violation.

Restaurants in Queens go through an inspection cycle at least once a year and each establishment has two chances to earn an A.

All establishments undergo an initial health inspection. Any that receive an A grade (score between 0-13) won’t be re-inspected again for at least 11 months.

If the restaurant does not earn an A, a re-inspection occurs typically within eight days the earliest or within the same month.

The inspector will show up unannounced and give a new grade based on the re-inspection.

Afterwards, the next inspection cycle for B-graded restaurants takes place in 5-7 months. C-graded restaurants are re-inspected within 3-5 months.

Any establishments with a B or C sanitary grade post have the opportunity to make a case at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Health Tribunal in between inspection cycles.

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