The Hawai‘i Department of Health Sanitation Branch has posted a red “Closed” placard at Paradise Supermart Fast Food & Catering located at 207 E. Wakea Avenue in Kahului on Maui for a rodent infestation. An inspection of the restaurant was conducted on Aug. 27, 2019, due to an anonymous complaint made to the health department. A red placard has been posted at the establishment to protect public health.
During Tuesday’s inspection, a DOH sanitarian and vector control inspectors observed that nearly all shelves in the market had some trace of dark-colored rat droppings, indicating recent activity. Rat droppings were also observed on kitchen counters, sheet pans that appeared to be in use, on speed rack equipment, and along floorboards throughout the facility. In addition to rodent infestation, several pockets of cockroaches were observed on market produce shelves.
The closure of Paradise Supermart Fast Food & Catering and the suspension of its foodservice permit will remain in effect until the establishment completes required actions, passes a follow-up health inspection and receives DOH approval to reopen. Required actions include contracting a pest control service and eradicating the rodent infestation, and deep cleaning of the establishment to remove food debris and sanitize all food contact surfaces.
A follow-up inspection is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.
The DOH Sanitation Branch protects the health of Hawaii residents and visitors through education of food industry workers and regulation of food establishments statewide. The branch conducts routine health inspections of food establishments where food products are prepared, manufactured, distributed or sold. The branch also investigates the sources of foodborne illnesses and potential adulteration to control and prevent the spread of illness. Health inspectors work closely with business owners, food service workers, and the food industry to ensure safe food preparation practices and sanitary conditions.