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BEH shuts down Jhem’s, Shin Sen restaurants

THE Bureau of Environmental Health on Monday shut down Jhem’s and Shin Sen restaurants in Garapan, after finding multiple sanitary violations, including cockroach and rodent infestations.

BEH health inspector Lily Kapileo Igisaiar said they had received complaints against the restaurants.

She said they shut down Jhem’s at 11:20 a.m. after finding that the restaurant was unable to maintain sanitary practices.

During the inspection, the BEH team found indications of roach infestation, she added.

The inspectors also noted a grease build-up on exhaust fans, counter tops, around and behind equipment, cookware and the cooking station.

 One-time-use utensils such as plastic forks and spoons were being reused and dishes were not being washed in a timely manner, Igisaiar said.

Moreover, the restaurant did not have running hot water available during operational hours, she added.

 “They are not up to par with the standards. They failed to meet the food-handler safety requirements.”

She said Jhem’s was also cited for having employees who did not possess a valid food-handler’s certificate.

Igisaiar said Jhem’s should renew its food-handler’s certificate and comply with the corrective actions recommended by BEH.

Also on Monday, at 12:15 p.m., BEH shut down Shin Sen restaurant.

According to a media statement from the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., BEH received a complaint from a consumer who saw a rat in the dining area of Shin Sen.

“BEH found rodent droppings throughout the establishment,” Igisaiar said, adding that there was also a grease-build up on the exhaust hood. Other poor sanitary practices were observed by BEH inspectors, she said.

For repeated violations, a $200 penalty was imposed on the restaurant, and its operation was suspended due to serious health hazards and violations, BEH said.

BEH reminds consumers of their right to report unsanitary practices or possible health hazards in public establishments. Call 664-4870/72/73 or email the BEH director at [email protected].

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104255-beh-shuts-down-jhem-s-shin-sen-restaurants

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