Squid Lips in Sebastian Closes Tuesday Amid Health Inspection

Squid Lips closes Tuesday after health inspection in Sebastian, Florida.
Squid Lips closes Tuesday after health inspection in Sebastian, Florida.

SEBASTIAN – On Monday, a state Health Inspector cited Squid Lips in Sebastian with 17 violations.

“Follow-up Inspection Required. Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public,” the inspector wrote in their report.

It’s important to note that Squid Lips was not shut down by the Health Inspector, and Tuesday’s closure is voluntary by the restaurant.

Squid Lips, located at 1660 Indian River Dr in Sebastian, closed Monday afternoon following the inspection. Employees told Sebastian Daily that it was for “spring cleaning” when we visited the restaurant on Monday.

On Tuesday morning, Squid Lips had a sign out front stating they were closed for the day. One employee said that all the Squid Lips restaurants closed Tuesday for an employee appreciation day. However, we saw maintenance and work trucks in the parking lot, indicating they were fixing things, and staff cleaning the establishment.

Of the violations and warnings cited Monday, 6 were High Priority, 1 was Intermediate, and 10 were Basic.

They are as follows:

  • Basic – Employee wearing jewelry other than a plain ring on their hands/arms while preparing food. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Basic – Equipment in poor repair.
  • Basic – Fan cover in walk-in cooler/freezer has an accumulation of dust or debris.
  • Basic – Food offered in a way that misleads/misinforms the consumer.
  • Basic – Food stored on the floor. **Corrected On-Site**
  • Basic – Observed standing water in the bottom of a reach-in cooler. **Repeat Violation**
  • Basic – Open dumpster lid.
  • Basic – Single-service articles not stored inverted or protected from contamination.
  • Basic – Walk-in cooler/freezer shelves with rust that has pitted the surface. **Repeat Violation**
  • Basic – Wet wiping cloth not stored in sanitizing solution between uses.
  • High Priority – Clams/mussels/oysters cold held at a temperature greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • High Priority – Live, small flying insects in kitchen, food preparation area, or food storage area.
  • High Priority – Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food in the process of reheating for hot holding has not reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit after more than 2 hours. **Corrective Action Taken**
  • High Priority – Spray bottle with chemical/toxic substance stored near/on/above food preparation surface or food. **Corrected On-Site**
  • High Priority – Stop Sale issued on potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food due to temperature abuse.
  • High Priority – Vacuum breaker missing at hose bibb or on fitting/splitter added to the hose bibb.
  • Intermediate – Soda gun soiled.

The department cites violations of Florida’s sanitation and safety laws, which are based on the standards of U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code.

High Priority violations are those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury and include items such as cooking, reheating, cooling and hand-washing.

Intermediate violations are those which, if not addressed, could lead to risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness or injury. These violations include personnel training, documentation or record keeping and labeling.

Basic violations are those which are considered best practices to implement. While most establishments correct all violations in a timely manner (often during the inspection), the procedures are designed to compel compliance with all violations through follow-up visits, administration action or closure when necessary.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.