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BBQ Restaurant Linked to Salmonella Outbreak Addresses Health Violations, Reopens

Big Tim’s BBQ restaurant in St. Petersburg, FL, reopened late last month after addressing health inspectors’ concerns that had led to the restaurant’s closure.

According to health inspection records published by the Florida Department of Business Professional Regulation, Big Tim’s BBQ, located at 530 S. 34th St. in St. Petersburg, was closed, with an order for operations to stop until violations were corrected on Aug. 21. At that time, the restaurant was cited for four high-priority violations, including holding food at improper temperatures, and roach and rodent activity.

In a report by WTSP.com out of Tampa Bay, a health-department spokeswoman stated that several probable and three confirmed Salmonella cases were associated with consumption of food from the restaurant in June. One of the Salmonella outbreak victims was reportedly hospitalized.

Big Tim’s BBQ reopened after an inspection on Aug. 22 by the Piniellas County Health Department showed zero high-priority violations; however, the inspection report indicated that a follow-up inspection was required after four intermediate and five basic food violations were cited.

 

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  • Sansher

    The Florida Health Department does not routinely inspect restaurants, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation does. Think huge territories and incredible (as in number) inspection responsibilities