Shut Down Sandwich Shop with Repeated Safety Violations

Target: Ken Lawson, Secretary of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Goal: Shut down sandwich shop with an excessive number of food safety violations.

State inspectors have recorded nearly 230 food safety violations at Brocato’s Sandwich Shop in less than a year. Many of these violations focused on food storage and preparation, frequently causing inspectors to demand that food be discarded rather than sold for public consumption. State inspectors recorded cold food being stored at temperatures well in excess of the 41 degrees Fahrenheit mandate and also cited Brocato’s for preparing food outside in unprotected areas with unsealed concrete and wood floors.

State investigators issued additional fines for failure to correct past issues, despite Brocato’s statements to the contrary. In their latest inspection, state investigators found black mold in the interior of the ice machine, food prepared and stored on-site improperly marked and stored in excess of the legal 24-hour time frame, and improperly maintained floor surfaces.

Demand that Brocato’s is shut down until all violations are addressed to the satisfaction of state investigators.


Dear Mr. Lawson,

A popular Tampa, Fl. sandwich shop has been cited by state investigators for multiple food safety violations and fined for failure to correct previous violations. Shockingly, it has been permitted to remain open and continue to serve food. According to state investigators, Brocato’s has been found in violation of food safety regulations nearly 230 times in the past year alone and has failed to correct several previously cited violations. Most recent violations include mold, improperly maintained floors, and failure to properly store and mark food prepared on-site.

We demand that Brocato’s be shut down until all violations are addressed to the satisfaction of state investigators, and food can safely be ingested by patrons.


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