Rhode Island sushi restaurant closes; mouse droppings in flour, diapers in kitchen, 8 people sick
Posted: May 26th, 2011 - 4:45pm by Doug Powell
Uncle Sushi and Grill in Cranston has shut down after health inspectors found mouse droppings and evidence that a baby's diapers were being changed in the kitchen, among other violations.
Felice Freyer of Projo reports the inspection took place on Monday when health officials learned that eight people who ate at the restaurant on May 19 became ill with vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramps.
Based on the symptoms, the illnesses were probably caused by norovirus, said Health Department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth. All employees were asked for stool samples, and so far three have tested positive for norovirus, she said.
Although the owner, Thong Den Vongvixay, closed the restaurant voluntarily, the Health Department issued a compliance order to make sure that he does not reopen until all violations are corrected, Beardsworth said.
Among the key violations that inspectors found:
• mouse droppings were found in flour, jimmies and noodles and on the doilies on which sushi is served.;
• vinegar was being stored in container previously used for laundry detergent.;
• rice was kept at room temperature in a turned-off cooker;
• the restaurant does not employ a full-time manager certified in food safety
• scooters, toys, powder and wipes were found in the kitchen area, suggesting that a child was allowed in the kitchen area and diapers were changed there.