Last week, after a photo emerged showing a rat roaming around Prosperity Dumpling’s dirty back-alley kitchen, the Department of Health shut down the Chinatown restaurant. Now it seems that the food-prep conditions there are even worse than they appeared: The beloved Cheap Eats spot incurred 65 violation points, including live roaches and “filth flies” present in food areas. Here’s the report, in full:
1. Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2. Raw, cooked or prepared food is adulterated, contaminated, cross-contaminated, or not discarded in accordance with HACCP plan.
3. Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
4. 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.
5. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
6. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
7. 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.
8. Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.
9. Single service item reused, improperly stored, dispensed; not used when required.