WESTFIELD, NJ – On Monday, the Westfield Board of Health shared its January report, revealing an unsatisfactory rating issued to the SUBWAY sandwich shop located at 106 Quimby Street.
According to the town’s health officer, Megan Avallone, a routine inspection was conducted at the restaurant on Jan. 3, 2017, where it was discovered the establishment had no hot water.
“The person in charge did not have the food safety certification. They did not know the answers to the food safety questions and had limited knowledge,” Avallone said. “The biggest issue was there was no hot water. Without hot water, you can’t sanitize, you can’t clean, you can’t wash hands.”
As a result, the sanitary report filed by health inspector Helen Mendez cited non-compliant hand washing facilities within the restaurant. Guidance for proper hand washing was given at the time of the inspection and problems were reportedly corrected on site.
While the food inside the restaurant was deemed safe from contamination, the contact surfaces could not be reported safe due to the lack of hot water and proper sanitization, the board said.
After receiving the unsatisfactory rating, SUBWAY was given the opportunity to voluntarily close until the board deemed the restaurant satisfactory and all problems had been corrected. Fewer than 24 hours later, however, Mendez discovered that the restaurant had opened without the board’s consent.
The restaurant was given multiple tickets is now required to appear in court.
Owner Mohammad Patwary told TAPinto Westfield that he is working to fix the restaurant's problems within one week.