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RED ALERT: Inspector finds chemicals stored near food at Top China in Pasco

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New port Richey, Florida- Top China has always been a top choice for Chinese lovers in New Port Richey.

"It's been good; it's been real good," said longtime customer Troy Nagle.

But last week regular customers would have found the open sign, OFF. The state temporarily shut down the restaurant with 22 Basic, 11 intermediate and 12 High-Priority violations for a grand total of 45.

Among the issues, temperature violations on the sprouts, raw eggs and cabbage, an employee touching cooked dumplings with their bare hands, no soap or paper towels at the employee hand sink, car cleaning chemicals stored next to the vinegar, Neosporin ointment on a shelf above where food is prepared and live roaches found under the food prep counter.

"I don't like bugs," said Ryan Fanning. "I especially don't want them anywhere near my food."

The state inspector also cited the restaurant for no proof of employee training.

Wednesday afternoon, 10 News stopped in to find out what was going on inside this Chinese kitchen. The employee at the front counter said she'd have to check with her bosses before allowing us inside.

Finally after about 15 minutes the owner's son showed up and agreed to allow our camera into the kitchen.

"Every night we clean up equipment and we go home...every night," said Guang Tong Li.

Throughout the restaurant it was hard to find many problems at all.

And while we did find a small flying insect and a dead bug on the ground in the dining room, there was no sign of any other insects.

"I can show you every month we have a pest control," said Li pulling out four pest control visits within the last month.

Family members say they're working hard to keep their restaurant up to code and safe for customers.

"We clean every night! We are doing good job and clean every night. Every time we do something, we're washing our hands," said Li.

Take a look at Top China's full inspection history here.

This week's Perfect 10 Restaurant List

Restaurants without a single violation for the week of 3/18/13:

  • FOOD IS LOVE EATERY, 526 W GREEN ST, ENGLEWOOD
  • MCDONALD'S (INSIDE WALMART) 5315 CORTEZ RD W, BRADENTON
  • SUBWAY AT VILLAGE PLAZA 4296 US 98 N, LAKELAND
  • QUIZNOS SUBS #7398 7911 W GULF TO LAKE HWY, CRYSTAL RIVER
  • MAMA'S PLACE SCOOPS & SUBS 8330 N FLORIDA AVE A, TAMPA
  • EVEN PAR SPORTS BAR 5100 US 98 N #13, LAKELAND
  • SUBWAY AT LAKELAND SQUARE MALL 3800 US 98 N #680, LAKELAND
  • SUBWAY #21858 1094 SPIRIT LAKE RD, WINTER HAVEN
  • CASTAWAY'S 5430 N US HWY 19, CRYSTAL RIVER
  • THE SHAKE SHOPPE 101 N MAIN ST, AUBURNDALE

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