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Local Domino’s Pizza Closes for Rodent Feces in Food


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A Domino’s Pizza in Fort Worth was forced to close after health inspectors discovered rodent feces in food and on surfaces, according to an inspection report.

Despite only receiving seven “demerits” at the Domino’s Pizza located at 7630 N. Beach Street, Suite 150, the restaurant chain was briefly shut down for “significant health breaches.”

“Significant evidence of rodents and the presence of rodent droppings in food and on surfaces. Serious health violations were identified during today’s [June 15] health inspection,” stated the report. “You must close your food facility immediately to the public until appropriate corrective actions are completed.”

Due to the presence of rodents, all surfaces need to be cleaned and sterilized.

With each discovered violation, a restaurant’s score increases. A score of zero indicates perfection, whereas receiving more than 30 demerits requires the restaurant to correct serious issues immediately and address the others within 48 hours.

Domino’s was also cited for an accumulation of dust, dirt, food particles, and other debris on non-food-contact equipment surfaces. Surfaces not in contact with food were not cleaned as frequently as required to prevent “soil residue buildup.”

The pizza restaurant was reopened as of Tuesday.

Out of the 34 inspections performed in Fort Worth from June 12 through June 18, no restaurant received over 30 demerits.

La Nueva de Zacatecas, a Mexican restaurant, obtained 26 demerits, the highest demerit rating in that time frame.

The restaurant received violations for failing to wash utensils correctly, allowing live flies inside, and failing to provide cold running water at the hand sink station in the kitchen’s prep area.

Cheba Hut, a sandwich and sub shop, and Sports City Tavern, a sports bar, were the only two restaurants to earn perfect scores.

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