Four restaurants in South Mississippi have received citations from the state health department for critical violations, including one that was cited for the presence of rodents, bugs, or animals. These restaurants all received a C rating within the past 10 days.
Juan’s Taco & Beer, located at 1737 Pass Road in Biloxi, underwent an inspection on November 8 for a permit. During the inspection, it was found to have insects, rodents, or animals present. However, the restaurant took immediate corrective actions, including properly identifying, storing, and using toxic substances, as well as implementing proper date marking and disposition procedures, and ensuring proper cooling time and temperatures. This is the first time Juan’s Taco & Beer has received a C rating in 2021.
Subway, situated at 1703 U.S. 11 north in Picayune, was inspected on November 13 for a permit. It was cited for not having a certified manager on duty and for failing to properly clean and sanitize food contact surfaces. This is the second time Subway has received a C rating, with the previous occurrence taking place in 2011.
Mizu restaurant, located at 11515 U.S. 49 in Gulfport, underwent a scheduled inspection on November 15. It was cited for not having a certified manager. However, the restaurant promptly addressed this issue by cleaning and sanitizing food contact surfaces, ensuring proper cold holding temperatures, and maintaining records of time as public health control procedures. This is the first time Mizu restaurant has received a C rating since 2016.
Dockside, situated at 6061 Texas Flat Road in Kiln, also underwent a scheduled inspection on November 16. It was cited for failing to clean and sanitize food contact surfaces. However, the issue was corrected during the inspection, as the restaurant properly identified, stored, and used toxic substances. This is the first time Dockside has received a C rating since 2015.
In Mississippi, restaurants and other food service establishments are rated as “A” if they pass the health department inspection, “B” if violations are corrected during the inspection, and “C” if the violations are critical. Fortunately, the majority of restaurants inspected since November 8 had no violations, with 92 kitchens receiving an A rating and 14 receiving a B rating.