October 10, By Tara Law
A Nepalese restaurant in Jackson Heights has been closed temporarily by the Health Department.
Nepali Bhanchha Ghar, located at 74-06 37th Road, was closed on Oct. 5 after racking up 90 violations points. An inspector determined that food was not being kept at the appropriate temperature and evidence of mice.
The Health Department published the following Sanitary Violations. The first five were listed 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) Food not cooled by an approved method whereby the internal product temperature is reduced from 140º F to 70º F or less within 2 hours, and from 70º F to 41º F or less within 4 additional hours.
3) Food Protection Certificate not held by supervisor of food operations.
4) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
5) HACCP plan not approved or approved HACCP plan not maintained on premises.
6) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
7) Food contact surface not properly maintained.
8) Plumbing not properly installed or maintained; anti-siphonage or backflow prevention device not provided where required; equipment or floor not properly drained; sewage disposal system in disrepair or not functioning properly.