Live cockroaches were among the unsavory discoveries at several Fairfax County restaurants in August, along with several other serious health violations that highlight the need local eateries have for — commercial dumpster rental in Burke, VA, and the surrounding townships. The Virginia Department of Health has issued citations, as well as clean bills for restaurants found in full compliance.
The pest problem plagued one place in particular: Sarku Japan, a Springfield-based sushi restaurant. According to reports, the management is addressing the issue with pest control appointments and regular monitoring. Other violations found in local restaurants include: improper food temperatures at several establishments; improper labeling of cleaning supplies; and in one case, a single drinking vessel was found to be too close to a food preparation area. None of the violations were considered uncorrectable or dangerous to customers, and several local establishments got a clean bill from the Department, notably Coal Fire Pizza on Old Keene Mill Road in Burke.
The violations were discovered as part of a sweep through local restaurants conducted near the end of August. Health Department officials were keen to find even minor infractions, but a representative of the Department acknowledged it's unrealistic to expect every business to be in 100 percent compliance. In recognition of that fact, the Virginia Department of Health usually gives notices for minor infractions and later follows up to ensure all the listed problems have been fixed.
Of course, many health code violations can be avoided simply by disposing of food and other waste in proper receptacles. Pest control experts know that, second to water, cockroaches mostly appear in kitchens seeking food. Roaches' digestive systems are so efficient that even a tiny morsel can be enough to feed an adult. Keeping a dumpster near the kitchen door, and assiduously emptying all of the indoor receptacles as needed and before closing each night, drastically reduces the amount of loose food and food-containing items that can encourage pests to show up in the first place.
Dumpster rentals in Burke, VA, are available in a variety of sizes, from compact units that are easy to keep behind a standing-only takeout stand to much larger 40-yard containers that hold weeks' worth of kitchen trash safely and — above all — hygienically until they're hauled away. Restauranteurs in the Burke and Manassas areas can arrange to have Galaxy Transfer drop off a rental dumpster of the desired size and specifications, keep them handy until they're full, and then place a call to have them removed and replaced with new containers that will do their part to keep the kitchen clean, safe and health inspection-friendly all year round.
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