July 20, By Nathaly Pesantez
Al-Araf Halal Fried Chicken and Frozen Delights, a restaurant in Jackson Heights, has been closed by the Department of Health (DOH).
The restaurant, located on 76-03 37th Avenue, was closed due to several sanitary violations, including evidence of mice present in the restaurant’s food areas, live roaches, and food not being protected from potential contamination during storage.
The DOH inspection took place on July 18.
Menu items in the fast-food halal restaurant include french fries, chicken sandwiches, kebabs, pizza and burgers.
The following violations were listed by the DOH, with the first six labeled as “critical”.
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
3) Live roaches present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
4) Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
5) Hand washing facility not provided in or near food preparation area and toilet room. Hot and cold running water at adequate pressure to enable cleanliness of employees not provided at facility. Soap and an acceptable hand-drying device not provided.
6) Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
7) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.