Health Dept. Allows Maui Restaurant to Reopen After Corrective Actions
The Hawai‘i Department of Health, Maui Food Safety Branch issued a red “Closed” placard to Nalu’s South Shore Grill (at 1280 South Kīhei Road, #132) in Kīhei on July 29, 2021. The food establishment was closed due to “multiple critical food safety violations and the immediate health hazard of widespread uncorrected cold-holding issues,” according to a department announcement.
They remained closed until they could ensure that all cold-holding units remained at ≤41°F during operating hours and they restaurant has since received DOH approval to reopen.
According to the DOH, repeated inspections “established a history of cold-holding issues.” Food establishments are required to have adequate equipment for temperature control to keep potentially hazardous food safely at temperatures 41°F or below.
The DOH says other critical violations observed that were corrected on-site allegedly included: Bare hands handling ready-to-eat foods; No soap at one hand wash sink; Washing a utensil in a hand wash sink; Bar dishwasher had no detergent or sanitizer; Raw fish stored above ready-to-eat foods; and a fly landed on a piece of uncooked chicken.
On Aug. 2, a follow-up inspection confirmed that all violations were corrected.
The food establishment is taking the following measures to maintain foods at proper cold-holding temperatures:
- The owner reported that new refrigeration units have been purchased and are anticipated to be installed by November 2021. These units are intended to reduce the strain on the walk-in chill unit by reducing the number of times the walk-in chill is accessed;
- Curtains were installed at entryways to the walk-in chill to reduce cold air escaping;
- Some dairy items were moved and stored in the walk-in chill #2 that maintains ≤41°F; and
- The establishment will keep daily cold-holding logs for all refrigeration units to monitor temperatures, and ensure temperature remains ≤41°F.
The DOH approved the establishment to reopen on Aug. 2 and a green placard was posted.
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