Sept. 13, 2018 By Tara Law
An Astoria Indian restaurant has been temporarily closed by the Health Department.
Tikka Indian Grill, which is located at 34-14 30th Ave., was closed after an inspection on Sept. 11.
The restaurant received 65 violation points for infractions such as evidence of mice or live mice and flies.
The manager of the Tikka Indian Grill’s Kew Gardens location said that the Astoria restaurant is set to reopen tomorrow.
The health inspector described finding the following violations at the restaurant. The first six were described as “critical.”
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
3) Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
4) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
5) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
6) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
7) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
8) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.