Dirty Dining: Subway temporarily closes after inspectors find 135+ rodent droppings in the kitchen

TAMPA, Fla. - Whether you like the Black Forest Ham, Meatball Marina, or Subway Club to order from Subway, you couldn't eat any of those last week at one location in Tampa.

The Subway at 4411 North Armenia Avenue had to temporarily close after the state found evidence of rodents behind the kitchen doors.

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On Friday March 17, inspectors discovered over 135 rodent droppings next to the walk-in freezer and under the shelf, racks, and pallet in the dry storage area.

The state also uncovered rodent nesting materials with insulation and burrow nesting under the storage racks and wood rotting outside the back of the building where the rodents and other pests are getting in.

Other serious violations include fly sticky tape hanging over the bread rack, hot water not provided and shut off at the employee's hand wash sink, employees not washing their hands, employees working without a state approved required training certificate and this Subway location operating with an expired restaurant license.

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Subway's Response:

"Upon learning of this we took immediate steps to thoroughly clean the restaurant and are working with the owner of the building to make necessary repairs to prevent some issues from happening in the future. We pride ourselves on receiving great marks on our health inspections. We have also taken this opportunity to coach the staff on the importance of providing a safe, clean environment. My goal is to provide a great meal at a real value in a clean, comfortable restaurant."

Kevin Kane

Public Relations Manager
SUBWAY Franchise World Headquarters




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