Dirty Dining: Debris contaminates Wendy's food

Posted at 9:26 AM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 09:26:08-04

Wendy's has been known for years for their tasty Frosty's and square meat burgers and their newest slogan brags about 'Quality is our recipe.'

But one of their fast food locations did not have safe food with saw-dust a little too close, contaminating several items, according to state inspection records.

On September 22, inspectors temporarily closed Wendy's at 4314 Gandy Blvd in Tampa overnight due to food being contaminated with dust and debris from construction.

The state also issued a stop-sale and made the fast food chain throw out three pounds of chopped lettuce, sliced tomatoes, yellow cheese and blue cheese because they were not protected from the dust and debris from construction and being prepared at the prep table.

The accumulation of construction debris/dust was also on other prep areas throughout the kitchen, equipment, walls and cups to be served to customers. Those cups had to be discarded.

Other violations discovered last week include live, small flying insects in the kitchen near the mop sink area and the certified Food Manager or person in charge lacks knowledge of food borne illnesses.

Also the floor areas were covered with standing water due to the ceiling leaking water from all the construction.

Wendy's Statement:
Our restaurant is being remodeled, and some openings were apparently left unsealed by the construction crew.  We have taken this seriously and took immediate steps to correct this situation. We are focused on our customers and giving them a great experience.
Bob Bertini
Wendy's Senior Director
Internal Communications