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Checkers Drive-In Restaurant

Checkers Drive-In Restaurant
520 N Courtenay Pkwy
Merritt Island, FL 32953
(321)459-1199

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NoticeThe Division of Hotels and Restaurants conducts regular inspections of public food service establishments to assure compliance with state sanitation and safety laws.

Checkers Drive-In Restaurant either allowed conditions to exist that pose an immediate threat to the public's health and safety or repeatedly did not correct non-critical violations noted during routine and call-back inspections, despite being given oral and written warnings and ample time to do so.

Each of the listed cases involves either a signed stipulation (“settlement”) between the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) and Checkers Drive-In Restaurant or a Final Order issued after a formal administrative hearing has been conducted. Section 509.261, Florida Statutes, authorizes the Division of Hotels and Restaurants to fine, suspend or revoke the license of establishments that do not comply with state health and safety laws.


Case Number: 4--2007036285 - On August 02, 2007 Checkers Drive-In Restaurant, Merritt Island was ordered to pay $500 for violations observed during its June 07, 2007 inspection.

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1 Food Service Inspection Since July 1, 2014
Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 5267572
Inspection Visit ID: 5320911
Inspection Date: Friday, July 25, 2014
Inspection Number: 2419882
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 5
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 0
Number of Basic Violations: 5
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
08B-45-4 Basic.Case/container/bag of food stored on floor in walk-in cooler/freezer. Bag of onions **Corrected On-Site**
50-09-4 Basic.Current Hotel and Restaurant license not displayed. **Corrected On-Site**
13-03-4 Basic.Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.
16-46-4 Basic.Old labels stuck to food containers after cleaning.
25-06-4 Basic.Single-service articles not stored inverted or protected from contamination. Hot dog trays on line **Corrected On-Site**

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 5267572
Inspection Visit ID: 5220170
Inspection Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Inspection Number: 2379724
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 4
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 2
Number of Basic Violations: 1
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
13-03-4 Basic.Employee with no hair restraint while engaging in food preparation.
12A-06-4 High Priority.Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food.
31A-13-4 Intermediate.Employee used handwash sink as a dump sink. Shake **. Repeat Violation**
53B-02-4 Intermediate.No proof of required state approved employee training provided for employee hired more than 60 days ago. To order approved program food safety material, call DBPR's contracted provider: Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (SafeStaff) 866-372-7233. Only 2 employees certificates available.

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 5267572
Inspection Visit ID: 5066789
Inspection Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Inspection Number: 2361766
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 3
Number of High Priority Violations: 0
Number of Intermediate Violations: 1
Number of Basic Violations: 2
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-11-4 Basic.Equipment in poor repair. The switch plate cover is broken by the upright freezer
36-24-4 Basic.Hole in wall. There small holes in the wall by the ice machine
31A-11-4 Intermediate.Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. Pitcher in the line handsink **Corrected On-Site**

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 5267572
Inspection Visit ID: 5066788
Inspection Date: Friday, July 26, 2013
Inspection Number: 2361765
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 9
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 3
Number of Basic Violations: 5
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
08B-45-4 Basic.Case/container/bag of food stored on floor in walk-in cooler/freezer. There are cases of chicken on the walk in freezer floor
36-37-4 Basic.Ceiling not smooth, nonabsorbent and easily cleanable in food preparation, food storage, warewashing areas or bathroom. The ceiling in the dry storage area by the dumpster is raw wood
08B-38-4 Basic.Food stored on floor. The ice cream mix is on the floor in the walk in cooler
33-10-4 Basic.Inside/outside of dumpster not clean.
33-16-4 Basic.Open dumpster lid.
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Sliced tomatos at 53f. Corrected on site
31A-11-4 Intermediate.Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. There is a bottle and a cloth in the handsink
31B-02-4 Intermediate.No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at handwash sink. There are no paper towels at the handsink in the dish area
41-17-4 Intermediate.Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. There is no label on the spray bottle at the handsink
45-05-4 Portable fire extinguisher missing from its designated location. For reporting purposes only. On floor by handsink

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 5267572
Inspection Visit ID: 5066788
Inspection Date: Friday, July 26, 2013
Inspection Number: 2361765
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 9
Number of High Priority Violations: 1
Number of Intermediate Violations: 3
Number of Basic Violations: 5
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
08B-45-4 Basic.Case/container/bag of food stored on floor in walk-in cooler/freezer. There are cases of chicken on the walk in freezer floor
36-37-4 Basic.Ceiling not smooth, nonabsorbent and easily cleanable in food preparation, food storage, warewashing areas or bathroom. The ceiling in the dry storage area by the dumpster is raw wood
08B-38-4 Basic.Food stored on floor. The ice cream mix is on the floor in the walk in cooler
33-10-4 Basic.Inside/outside of dumpster not clean.
33-16-4 Basic.Open dumpster lid.
03A-02-4 High Priority.Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Sliced tomatos at 53f. Corrected on site
31A-11-4 Intermediate.Handwash sink used for purposes other than handwashing. There is a bottle and a cloth in the handsink
31B-02-4 Intermediate.No paper towels or mechanical hand drying device provided at handwash sink. There are no paper towels at the handsink in the dish area
41-17-4 Intermediate.Spray bottle containing toxic substance not labeled. There is no label on the spray bottle at the handsink
45-05-4 Portable fire extinguisher missing from its designated location. For reporting purposes only. On floor by handsink

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 5267572
Inspection Visit ID: 4736578
Inspection Date: Monday, December 17, 2012
Inspection Number: 2242330
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 3
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
08A-28-1 Critical.- Observed food stored on floor. Bread. Walk in freezer
08A-29-1 Critical.- Observed uncovered food in holding unit/dry storage area. Fish in walk in freezer
12A-09-1 Critical.- Observed food employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. Watch on line person

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 5267572
Inspection Visit ID: 4551751
Inspection Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
Inspection Number: 2151650
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 2
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
01B-16-1 Critical. Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse (see Stop Sale Notice). Stop sale 8 oz roast beef cold holding 49 DEGREES F.
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Sliced roast beef cold holding at 49 DEGREES F at prep line for more 3 1/2 hours. Corrected On Site. Operator discarded and restocked with new product and ice down container at prep line. Discussed using time as pubc health control procedure.

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 5267572
Inspection Visit ID: 4523498
Inspection Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Inspection Number: 2148675
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Food-Licensing Inspection
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 3
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
05-06-1 Critical. Food thermometer not accurate within +/- 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Corrected On Site.
30-02-1 Critical. Vacuum breaker mising at hose bibb inside dumpster enclosure.
32-10-1 Critical. Covered waste receptacle not provided in women's bathroom.

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1 Food Service Inspection for July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 2135020
Inspection Visit ID: 3667711
Inspection Date: Thursday, July 23, 2009
Inspection Number: 1879892
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 14
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 9
Number of Noncritical Violations: 5
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
02-07-1 Critical. Observed processed ready-to-eat, potentially hazardous food held more than 24 hours not properly date marked after opening for cheese in walkin cooler.
03C-07-1 Critical. Cooked ground beef/comminuted fish not reaching 155 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 seconds for raw hambugers at grill. Corrected On Site.
03C-09-1 Critical. Reheated food for hot holding not reaching 165 degrees Fahrenheit within 2 hours. Reheated chicken breast for hot holding on steam table reaching 150 degrees F. Corrected On Site.
03D-01-1 Critical. Observed food being ambient cooled by nonapproved method. Chili made from ambient temperature covered before Cooling. Corrected On Site.
08A-28-1 Critical. Observed food stored on floor in walkin freezer.
12B-07-1 Critical. Observed an open beverage containers on shelf in walkin cooler Corrected On Site.
14-36-1 Observed gaskets/seals onall line cold holding units in poor repair.
21-11-1 Wiping cloth chlorine sanitizing solution not at proper minimum strength;noted 0 ppm chlorine. Corrected On Site.
22-20-1 Critical. Observed buildup of moldlike substace in the interior of ice machine.
30-02-1 Critical. Vacuum breaker mising at hose bibb at garbage enclosure.
32-15-1 Critical. No handwashing sign provided at a handsink used by food employees by drive thru.
33-16-1 Observed open dumpster lid and grease tank.
34-09-1 Observed grease on the ground and/or pad around grease receptacle.
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers above triple sink.

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2 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 2135020
Inspection Visit ID: 3213428
Inspection Date: Monday, February 09, 2009
Inspection Number: 1688237
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 8
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 5
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-36-1 Observed gaskets/seals on reach freezer and bottom doors on sandwich cold holding unit in poor repair. Repeat Violation.
21-11-1 Wiping cloth chlorine sanitizing solution not at proper minimum strength;note 0 ppm chlorine. Corrected On Site.
22-20-1 Critical. Observed moderate buildup of red slime in the interior plastic shield inside of ice machine. Repeat Violation.
29-08-1 Plumbing system in disrepair. Observed leaking faucet on handsink at cookline and swivel faucet at triple sink.
31-09-1 Critical. Handwash sink not accessible for employee use at all times. Observed blocked by persoal belongings by three compartment sink.
33-16-1 Observed open grease tank lid.
34-09-1 Observed grease on the ground and/or pad around grease receptacle.
35B-04-1 Critical. Outer openings of establishment cannot be properly sealed when not in operation. Observed broken door sweep seal on bottom of south exit door from restaurant.

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 2135020
Inspection Visit ID: 3213429
Inspection Date: Friday, September 12, 2008
Inspection Number: 1688238
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 5
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 2
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
14-36-1 Observed gaskets/seals on french fry freezer cold holding unit in poor repair.
22-20-1 Critical. Observed buildup of slime in the interior door and intefior of ice machine.
30-02-1 Critical. Vacuum breaker mising at hose bibb at dumpster enclosure.
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers. Observed shields missing end caps.
51-13-1 No Heimlich maneuver sign posted.

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5 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008
Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 2135020
Inspection Visit ID: 3110196
Inspection Date: Friday, April 25, 2008
Inspection Number: 1634901
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 7
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 4
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
10-08-1 Observed ice scoop with handle in contact with ice inside ice machine and drink ice bin nirth window.
15-28-1 Hood filters are not tight-fitting and firmly held in place - leaving open spaces. Observed one filter in hood coming apart above flat grill.
29-08-1 Plumbing system in disrepair. North side handwash sink found with hot water shutt off;faucet in disrepair.
32-05-1 Critical. Observed men's bathroom facility in disrepair. Observed door locked;manager stated restroom closed due to commode backup problem. Note womens restroom open and functioning.
37-11-1 Observed attached equipment [evaporator coil] soiled with accumulated dust in walkin cooler.
41A-10-1 Critical. Observed toxic item improperly stored on top of ice machine.
45-35-1 Critical. No current hood fire suppression system inspection report available from 12/07.

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 2135020
Inspection Visit ID: 2994121
Inspection Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Inspection Number: 1616370
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 0
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 0

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 2135020
Inspection Visit ID: 2969300
Inspection Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Inspection Number: 1616370
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Warning Issued - Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
Total Number of Violations: 13
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 11
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
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ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
03A-07-1 Critical. Observed potentially hazardous food cold held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheese 61fswiss, Discard by 2pm
04-01-1 Critical. Cold holding equipment incapable of maintaining potentially hazardous food at proper temperatures. Prep box
08A-16-1 Critical. Observed food stored in a prohibited area. Buns in splash range of handsink
27-04-1 Critical. Cold water not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink. Dish
27-04-1 Critical. Cold water not provided/shut off at employee handwash sink. Prep
27-16-1 Critical. Hot water not provided/shut off at employee hand wash sink. Dish area
35A-04-1 Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 3 under dish sink
35A-04-1 Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 1 behind ice machine
35A-04-1 Critical. Observed rodent activity as evidenced by rodent droppings found. 10 inside soda unit bottom
36-11-1 Floors not maintained smooth and durable. Tile cracked
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers.
47-04-1 Critical. Observed frayed/spliced electrical wires. Prep box
47-15-1 Critical. Observed an uncovered electrical box. Office area

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 2135020
Inspection Visit ID: 2969301
Inspection Date: Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Inspection Number: 1616371
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 8
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 4
Number of Noncritical Violations: 4
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
08A-28-1 Critical. Observed food ( bulk onions) stored on floor in WIC. Corrected On Site.
15-28-1 Hood filters are not tight-fitting and firmly held in place - leaving open spaces.
22-20-1 Critical. Observed buildup of slime in the interior of ice machine.
22-21-1 Critical. Observed moderate black soil buildup ar walls inside drink ice bins.
29-11-1 Observed leaking pipe and clogged drain at handsink/plumbing fixture by triple sink.
35A-08-1 Critical. Observed live flies in kitchen.
37-14-1 Observed ceiling in disrepair with water dripping from ceiling onto floor in front ofWIC.
38-07-1 Lights missing the proper shield, sleeve coatings or covers by south side drive thru.

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
License ID: 2135020
Inspection Visit ID: 2818600
Inspection Date: Monday, July 09, 2007
Inspection Number: 1536016
Visit Number: 3
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Complied - Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
Total Number of Violations: 2
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 0
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
ViolationObservations of Inspector [as written on inspection]
1 14-36-1: Observed gaskets/seals on RIC cold holding unit in poor repair.
1 14-36-1 Door seals in disrepair on RIC.

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3 Food Service Inspections for July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007
Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
Inspection Date: Friday, June 08, 2007
Inspection Number: 1536016
Visit Number: 2
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Call Back - Extension given, pending
Total Number of Violations: 6
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 3
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
2 violations of code 14 which requires:
  • “Food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located”
1 violation of code 37 which requires:
  • “Walls, ceilings, and attached equipment, constructed, clean”
3 critical violations of code 45 which requires:
  • “Fire extinguishers - proper and sufficient (For Reporting Purposes Only)”

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
Inspection Date: Thursday, June 07, 2007
Inspection Number: 1536016
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Emergency order recommended - Conditions have been found that endanger the health and safety of the public requiring immediate closure of the establishment.
Total Number of Violations: 7
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 4
Number of Noncritical Violations: 3
Details
1 violation of code 14 which requires:
  • “Food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located”
1 critical violation of code 28 which requires:
  • “Sewage and wastewater disposed properly.”
1 violation of code 29 which requires:
  • “Plumbing installed and maintained”
1 critical violation of code 35 which requires:
  • “35a - Presence of insects/rodents. Animals prohibited.”
  • “35b - Outer openings protected from insects, rodent proof.”
1 violation of code 37 which requires:
  • “Walls, ceilings, and attached equipment, constructed, clean”
2 critical violations of code 45 which requires:
  • “Fire extinguishers - proper and sufficient (For Reporting Purposes Only)”

Inspection For: CHECKER'S DRIVE IN RESTAURANT
License Number: 1504180
Inspection Date: Thursday, January 11, 2007
Inspection Number: 1489041
Visit Number: 1
Inspection Class: Food
Inspection Type: Routine - Food
Inspection Disposition: Inspection Completed - No Further Action - Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
Total Number of Violations: 9
Number of Critical/Risk Violations: 7
Number of Noncritical Violations: 2
Details
1 risk violation of code 08 which requires:
  • “08a - Food protection during storage, preparation, display, service, transportation.”
  • “08b - Cross-contamination, equipment, personnel, storage.”
  • “08c - Potential for cross-contamination, storage practices; damaged food segregated.”
1 risk violation of code 12 which requires:
  • “12a - Hands washed and clean, good hygienic practices (observed), alternative operating plan.”
  • “12b - Proper hygienic practices, eating/drinking/smoking (evidence.)”
1 violation of code 15 which requires:
  • “Non-food contact surfaces designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located”
1 critical violation of code 17 which requires:
  • “Thermometers, gauges, test kits provided”
1 critical violation of code 20 which requires:
  • “20a - Sanitizing concentration.”
  • “20b - Sanitizing temperature.”
1 critical violation of code 31 which requires:
  • “Toilet and hand washing facilities, number, convenient, designed, installed.”
1 risk violation of code 32 which requires:
  • “Restrooms with self-closing doors, fixtures operate properly, facility clean, supplied with hand soap, disposable towels or hand drying devices, tissue, covered waste receptacles.”
1 violation of code 38 which requires:
  • “Lighting provided as required. Fixtures shielded”
1 critical violation of code 47 which requires:
  • “Electrical wiring - adequate, good repair (For Reporting Purposes Only)”

NoticeEach restaurant inspection report is a “snapshot” of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day Checkers Drive-In Restaurant in Merritt Island Florida may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent restaurant inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at Merritt Island's Checkers Drive-In Restaurant.

A summary of violations found during inspections are listed in the Food Service Inspection boxes above. Cited are violations of Florida's sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code.

Effective January 1, 2013, the Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants adopted a new three-tiered violation classification system that replaces the "critical" or "non-critical" classification in use up until then. The new system uses the terms "High Priority," "Intermediate" and "Basic" which better define violation information for consumers, making it easier to understand.

In general, High Priority violations are those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury. Although the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) uses the term "High Priority", varying degrees of severity and potential risk to the public require inspectors to assess each situation in determining the appropriate action. In addition, while Checkers Drive-In Restaurant may have multiple violations, the inspectors' training and judgment formulate the overall result of the inspection to ensure public health and safety.

Intermediate violations are those which, if not addressed, could lead to risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness or injury. Basic violations are those which are considered best practices to implement.

Formally, Critical violations were those that, if not corrected, were more likely to contribute directly to food contamination, illness or environmental damage. Noncritical violations did not directly relate to foodborne illness risk, but were preventive measures that included practices and procedures which effectively controled environmental conditions. Left uncorrected, noncritical violations could undermine the overall food safety program of an establishment and lead to the development of critical violations.

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.

Violations listed refer to the revelant section of Florida regulation that has been observed to be deficient during the inspection. Each establishment must comply with the language of the inspection statement. For purposes of enforcement and compliance, the DBPR recognizes the status as printed on the inspection form, although the severity of the violation observed may warrant additional action regardless of its "High Priority/Intermediate/Basic" or "critical/noncritical" designation.


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