Dirty Dining: Subway temporarily closes after inspector sees 50+ live & dead roaches in the kitchen

Posted at 11:10 PM, Oct 10, 2016

Subway advertises a different six-inch sub with no artificial flavors or colors every day of the week.

But one day last week, you couldn't get anything to eat at a local Subway because the state forced it to shut down.

Our ABC Action News I-Team uncovered that the Subway at 1155 S. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa had to stop serving food last Wednesday, October 5 after inspectors saw live and dead roaches in the kitchen.

The state documented over 50 live and dead roaches near the self-serve drink dispensing area in the dining room, under the front counter, near the bread cabinet, in the dishwasher/food storage area, under the three compartment sink and in the back of signs and on walls.

The state temporarily closed Subway overnight.

Inspectors also wrote up seeing pesticide/insecticide labeled "pest control" for household use on the premises.

And the manager and owner stated they do their own pest control and a warning was issued.

Subway also had to throw out food held greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit in the reach in cooler that could make you sick.

A 'stop sale' was issued on that potentially hazardous food due to temperature abuse between 51 and 59 degrees for over four hours: Items thrown out include: 

  • Chicken 10 lbs
  • Ham 8 lbs
  • American, Swiss, provolone, pepper jack cheeses 7 lbs
  • Turkey 6.5 lbs
  • Cooked eggs 8 patties
  • Cold cut combo mix 8.5 lbs
  • Beef 2.25 lbs
  • Veg Patty 7 each
REASON FOR ISSUANCE: The division finds that an immediate danger to the public safety or welfare exists for the food items listed above. 

Other violations spotted by inspectors include: No air temperature thermometer in the cold holding unit, gaskets with slimy/mold-like build-up and cutting boards stained/soiled and cut up, no longer cleanable. 


Subway's Statement:

The restaurant did experience a problem last week which the franchisee took immediate corrective action to address. As a result, the restaurant was given a clean bill of health by the Health Department and reopened the next morning. Everything is in compliance and running smoothly.

Kevin Kane

Public Relations Manager 

Subway – Franchise World Headquarters