Local Restaurant To Undergo Re-Inspection After Citation for ‘Toxic Items’ Placement 

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A restaurant on Main Street in New Canaan is to undergo re-inspection by local health officials who this week found an insecticide and chemical compound improperly stored in its kitchen.

During an unannounced April 9 inspection at the Indian restaurant, a sanitarian in the New Canaan Health Department discovered a “risk factor” violation in the category of “toxic items properly stored, labeled & used,” according to the inspector’s report.

Specifically, the inspector found Raid and isopropyl alcohol stored on shelf above a dishwashing area and near food container storage at Chef Prasad restaurant, according to 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 April 22, the report said.

Reached by NewCanaanite.com, owner and chef Prasad Chirnomula said, “Besides serving great food with great service, public health and safety is our utmost priority and the health department just does the same. 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 for a hand washing sink, reach-in refrigerator and shelving described as unclean. The inspector also found dish racks stored on the floor, the report said.

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