Dirty Dining: Home Shopping Network's cafeteria is temporarily shut down by inspectors for rodents
9:43 PM, Nov 22, 2013
9:17 AM, Nov 26, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Home Shopping Network broadcasts live to 95 million households all over the country, but it's their employees and visitors inside the St. Petersburg headquarters, who may have been inconvenienced this week.
HSN's cafeteria, located inside its broadcast building on North 118th Avenue, was temporarily shut down on Thursday Nov. 21, after inspectors found over 100 rodent droppings in each storage room, 50 more near the sodas, and up to 75 droppings in the dish room!
Other high priority violations inside the retailer's cafeteria over the last year include shredded beef at hazardous temperatures, no proof of required employee training, and employees improperly cooling various food in the walk-in cooler including cooked grits, gravy and sausage.
According to inspection records from the Division of Hotels and Restaurant, Home Shopping Network's cafeteria is run by Eurest Dining Services.
I called and emailed HSN's corporate office and Eurest Dining Services several times for comment but no one ever returned my calls or responded.
Home Shopping Network has been around for 35 years ago and employs hundreds of people in the Bay area, selling thousands of products and top brand names to its customers.
The health and safety of our customers, clients and associates is Eurest‘s highest priority. Eurest prides itself on creating great customer experiences, and integral to that are clean cafes. Our associates are well-trained to follow consistent food safety and cleanliness practices using the highest standards in the foodservice industry. We also have a dedicated quality assurance department who ensures the health and safety policies are followed at every level of our company, and partners with outside inspection companies to ensure we continue to utilize advanced health and safety methods.
On November 21, the City of Clearwater Health Department conducted an inspection at the Hub café at HSN and discovered indications of pest activity within the storage area, thus closing the café. Eurest took immediate action and the Hub Cafe was re-inspected by the Clearwater Health Department and reopened on the same day.
Going forward at HSN, Hub Café associates will be retrained on our policies and practices, internal and third party audits will be conducted, and daily collaboration with HSN management will take place to continue to ensure all health and safety procedures are in place, as well as to maintain the strength of our relationship at HSN.