Bagel Shop To Undergo Re-Inspection After Health Citations 

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A bagel shop on downtown New Canaan will be re-inspected by local health officials who this week found cheese and liquid egg product at prohibitive high temperatures.

During an unannounced inspection Monday at the South Avenue eatery, a sanitarian in the New Canaan Health Department discovered a “risk factor” violation in the category of “potentially hazardous food meets temperature requirements during storage, preparation, display, service and transpiration,” according to the inspector’s report.

Specifically, the inspector found cheese at 61 degrees and liquid egg at 51 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the the sanitarian’s report.

Inspectors use a state Department of Public Health standard, citing eateries for violations that range in seriousness and corresponding weight from one to four points. A “failed” inspection is triggered either by one or more four-point or “risk factor” violations, or a total score of less than 80 points.

The re-inspection in this case is to take place by May 20, the report said.

Reached by, owner Charly Sahlia said in an email, “Besides serving great food with great service, public health and safety is our utmost priority and the health department just does the same. Food items in a fast paced cafes like ours do find themselves out of storage and on the prep board more often than in regular service restaurants. We appreciate routine checks and recommendations from the inspectors and we look forward to continuously working toward the same goal.”

The restaurant was cited for no other major violations. Minor citations included a restroom door that did not self-close completely, restrooms lacking a covered waste receptacle and uncovered coffee filters stored on top of a coffee machine.

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