One restaurant fails Trumbull health inspections in May

TRUMBULL — A popular mall eatery received the lone failing grade last month from the Trumbull Health Dept.

Cinnabon, in the food court of Westfield Trumbull mall, received a score of 93 of 100 during its May 3 inspection. That is comfortably above the 80-point threshold for passing. But the location lost four points because the employee handwashing sink was blocked and inaccessible.

Four-point violations are the most serious and a single 4-point deduction in an otherwise perfect inspection is still considered a failure.

At a followup inspection May 17, Cinnabon passed with a score of 94 and the inspector noted the handwashing access had been corrected.

The state’s Public Health Code has a two-page section on handwashing. According to the guidelines, handwashing facilities must be accessible at all times for employees and convenient to food preparation areas, food dispensing areas, bathrooms and warehousing areas.

The code also lists 12 specific instances when employees must thoroughly wash their hands, including: after using the bathroom; after coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or tissue, smoking, eating or drinking; when changing gloves; after handling money; and immediately before engaging in food preparation.

The Health Department lists Darius Szteborowski of Berlin as the owner of the Westfield Cinnabon. A phone message left requesting comment was not immediately returned.

In all, the department inspected nine food service establishments, issuing grades from 88 to 99.

Health inspectors visit restaurants quarterly, and grade them on a numerical scale, with 100 points being a perfect score. Inspectors deduct between one and four points for any one of 62 possible violations. Any score under 80 is considered a failure, as is even a single uncorrected violation of a 4-point risk factor.

Inspectors issue 4-point deductions for violations such as improper food-holding temperatures, damaged food cans and inadequate hand-washing facilities. Lesser violations can include leaving scoops in the ice machine, missing or inaccurate food thermometers and uncovered trash cans.

Restaurants that receive 4-point violations can be required to correct them on the spot. For the most severe violations, the restaurant can have its license revoked and be shut down.

The results of the May restaurant inspections by the Trumbull Health Dept. are as follows:

Charley’s Philly Steaks, 90;

Cinnabon, 93 (failed due to inaccessible handwashing sink). Cinnabon reinspection, 94;

Fatty Patty, 98;

Frenchtown School, 97;

Ichiro, 94;

L’Italia Pizza, 88;

Layla’s Falafel, 99;

Subway (20 Quality Street), 97; and

Ten Asian Bistro, 92.