Health department closes South Salt Lake restaurant over sheep slaughtering, other violations

Posted at 10:44 AM, May 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-29 22:07:25-04

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — The Salt Lake County Health Department has closed a South Salt Lake restaurant for dozens of “imminent health hazards,” including the storage of live sheep and the slaughtering of sheep on the premises.

According to a posting on the health department’s website, Middle Eastern Pastries and Deli at 3336 S Main St. was also operating without a valid food establishment permit. FOX 13 News’ Kelly Keiter spoke with the owner Friday about the violations, click here for his interview. 

Among the restaurant’s 47 violations listed by the health department are:

  • Live sheep are being stored and slaughtered onsite in the back parking lot. There was a plastic bag with sheep limbs and a sheep head in the back area. There are live sheep tied up on the premises of the facility.
  • There are live goats and dogs being cared for on the premises and the handwashing sink is blocked and not being used.
  • Chicken is thawing in stagnant water outside unprotected in the back lot of the establishment.
  • Food is not separated from car oil and maintenance tools in the back lot.
  • Clean dishes are being dried and stored in the mop sink because the drain boards are not big enough to accommodate clean and dirty dishes.
  • There is no certified food safety manager employed at the establishment.
  • The person in charge is unable to demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between the prevention of foodborne illness and control of bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods.
  • Raw meat is stored above other foods in the freezer.

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