Restaurant Inspection Database

Violation Explanation

Official Report Wording, Item #37

Walls & ceilings clean, maintained and constructed to be easily cleanable. Outer openings protected from entry of pests. (1 pt.)

PUBLIC HEALTH REASON

Walls and ceilings must be kept clean and free of any build up of food spills, splash or dirt. The accumulation of soil on walls and ceilings increases the potential for contamination of food, equipment and utensils. It also provides a food source for rodents, insects, such as flies and cockroaches. To facilitate easy cleaning, walls and ceilings must be maintained and constructed to be smooth, durable, non-absorbent and easily cleanable. Utilities such as water pipes, sewer lines and electrical conduit are to be enclosed within or behind finished walls and ceilings. Utility penetrations must be sealed to eliminate insect and rodent harborage and to prevent moisture from penetrating into walls and ceilings. Exposed utility lines make cleaning difficult.

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