After finding more than 500 dead roaches and spotting at least 160 live roaches, as well as flying insects in the kitchen and food preparation areas at Brookdale Senior Living, suburban Lake Worth, state food safety inspectors temporarily shut down the facility’s food service operation earlier this month.
The Florida Department of Business and Professional regulation inspector ordered the operation at 3927 Hadjes Drive north of Lake Worth Road and just east of the turnpike closed on Feb. 16 until the violations were corrected. The report detailed 13 violations, including one for operating without a license from the Division of Hotels and Restaurants.
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Brookdale spokeswoman Heather Hunter responded Wednesday to a request for comment.
“We are submitting the appropriate paperwork to rectify the delinquent Public Lodging Establishment Licensing issue and expect it to be resolved soon. All other citations have been cleared,” Hunter said in a statement.
“Our kitchen and dining room were temporarily closed due to a pest control issue. As you know, pest issues are common in the Florida area, and we worked quickly to address the issue. Because the health and safety of our residents is important to us, we are continuing to invest in regular pest management measures to prevent something like this from happening again,” Hunter said.
Other violations included foods in a reach-in cooler in poor repair being held at 50 degrees or warmer, instead of at the required 41 degrees, a dented and rusted can of baked beans and a lack of proof that employees have received any food safety training.
Inspectors stated they observed approximately 100 dead roaches in glue traps in the dry food storage room, 400 to 500 dead roaches on the floor under the dry food storage shelves. Four dead roaches were observed on a gelatin mix, 10 behind the ice machine and 10 under a shelf of pans.
Live, small flying insects were observed throughout the kitchen and food storage areas, the report states.
Brookdale is the nation’s largest provider of senior living options, with more than 1,000 communities with a capacity of approximately 100,000 residents in 47 states, according to its website.
The publicly-traded company (NYSE: BKD) is based in Nashville, Tenn. In the fourth quarter of 2016 it reported net losses of $268.6 million compared to $174.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. For the full-tear, it lost $404.6 million compared to $458.2 million in 2016.