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Asian restaurant in Road Town ordered to cease operations

An Asian restaurant located in Road Town was ordered to temporarily cease operations after a video of improper food preparation measures began circulating locally.

The Environmental Health Division issued the order this week.

Speaking about the matter on ZBVI radio, Chief Environmental Officer Lionel Michael said his department was alerted about the video on Wednesday.

“One of the central issues that was observed in the video and what we found is how food is being thawed or defrost, as we say. That is a recurring problem in establishments where food is just left on the counter, on the kitchen sink overnight — it is put out in the sun,” Michael explained.

“Those practises were such that they could have led to food-borne disease, food-borne illnesses or what is commonly called food poisoning in customers. So we got the notification, we swiftly responded and we ordered that the food business cease all operation in handling and preparing food which includes the preparation, cooking, serving, and storage of food,” he added.

Further explaining the mechanism that causes food-related illnesses, Michael said the conditions under which the restauranteurs in question thawed their food could lead to an increase in bacteria and microorganisms.

And although cooking is a good preventative measure, Michael said cooking does not destroy the toxins of microorganism that may be in food.

Meanwhile, the food establishment must suspend operations until they’re able to “put the recommended corrective measures in place”.

“We’re trying to organise some training for them because training will help to strengthen their capacity to prevent some of those illnesses,” Michael stated.

The business, in the meantime, is said to have already begun correcting the issues identified.

Other food establishments are reminded to ensure they practise proper hygiene and food preparation techniques.

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  1. check all says:

    What about the other one … that wash all the pot and pans every holiday and put them on the side walk to dry????????

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    • Lmao says:

      Going after expat Asians now. That’s what’s going on in the US. Negroes going after Asians. How about Belonger restaurants? They be spick and span? Lmfao.

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    • Top Shotta Roach says:

      But, they turn a blind eye on me and my friends when we’re parting at your other non-chinese owned restaurant that dishes out that yummy “red pork fried rice”

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    • Fo tru says:

      And they serve uncommon meats. Grizzle, fat, and evil cat like. Makes me shudder.

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    • Liyal says:

      That a shame. I really liked their pangolin chasseur.

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    • Bvi says:

      Negro is exactly what they think of blacks in BVI
      Blacks have a long history of being slaves in Asia and we keep bringing them in in droves. Just watch how the serve and speak to blacks.

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  2. they only after the money says:

    Them people too d@rm nasty and they don’t care about us in the caribbean

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Love that place

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  4. smh says:

    man yall just messed up a really good hang-out spot, i hope that mr lionel goes and checks out other food businesses. i am sure that there are other places doing worst but no one would say anything about it cause it’s either some close friend or family. this nonsense needs to stop, what goes for one must go for all, I sure if a lot of other food places get inspected you will find worst. in the video, you can clearly see he was washing out the chicken back.

    i can clearly say alot of ppl are hurt right now how this place is close down cause alot of ppl always buying food there, this had to be a set up, man yall too wicked out there, go check other places as well

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  5. The Truth says:

    Disgusting place. Haven’t ate from there in eons.

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  6. Citizens says:

    This looks like a through IN

  7. LILIAN says:

    CAUTIONS WHEN YOU EAT IN RESTAURANTS UFFF IM GLAD I LATELY STOP EATNG IN A LOT OF PLACES I COOK HOME BETTER! AND HEALTY

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  8. Thing of others says:

    they been doing this for years and many of you saw them doing it and still went there to buy food. all of a sudden someone records it and it is a big fuss when we saw them do it on many other occasions. yes some people may have not been aware but if your in town around that area you would have seen them do it as they wasn’t hiding. So please stop acting new and want jump on the band wagon to bash them now, it didn’t stop you from eating or buying from them in the past.

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  9. @ ANONYMOUS says:

    SOME PEOPLE WILL EAT ANYTHING WITHOUT CONCERN OF HOW AND WHERE ITS PREPERED SO ITS YOUR CHOICE ANY S**T AND THEY GOT MY BLESSINGS

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  10. me says:

    What does the health department intends to do about the foul smelling water from [Road Town]. i cannot believe that this has been going on for years in the heart of road town and department of health has not addressed this matter. how people eat from that restaurant is beyond me.

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  11. *** says:

    They should check ***. The food stays behind the supermarket for hours under the sun. The smell is so bad, there are rats and bugs around.
    Frozen foods are defrosted and they are frozen again to put in the shelves.

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  12. Eat home says:

    Restaurant and take out food is for tourists. Grow or buy your food at the market, prepare and cook it yourself then eat at home before and after work. Take your own food to work; it’s healthy and saves time and money during the work day.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    The food cheap and the patrons cheaper so they dont care how it is handled.

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  14. @ I HAVE SEEN says:

    THEM SAME PEOPLE PICKING THE BLEAVES OF YHE VINES IN THE GHUT NEXT TO THE CULTURAL CENTER ON
    SEVERAL OCCASIONS AND SOMETIMES SEWAGE OVERFLOWS INTO THAT SAME GHUT / AND IF YOU SEE HOW AND THE CONDITION OF THE KITCHEN LOOK IN SOME OF LOCAL RESTAURANTS YOU WOULD THINK TWICE ( WE NEED REAL HEALTH INSPECTORS TO CHECK ALL OF THEM THOROUGHLY

  15. Chini kitchen says:

    Most of y’all eat there for years and now regrets.some of those same chickens came out y’all back and front yard.

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  16. But if says:

    People can put s**t in there body like these vaccine wat else there wouldn’t do or eat ….china knows..

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  17. Concern Vi says:

    Why we defending an unsanitary situation, it’s unsanitary what they did and it’s a violation to our health, so authorities suppose to play blind eye to this particular situation wrong is wrong no matter who it is

  18. Caribbean Girl says:

    Health Department needs to keep an eye on them. The chicken van on the TPP defrost the chickens in the sun, all spreading on tables exposed to dirt in the air, flying insects and who knows what else. Once a year Health Department conference for Health Cards are not enough. Regular inspections are needed.

  19. Nastiness says:

    People you all need to learn to cook your own food I am a restaurant worker I work at several restaurants and I never eat from not one even though lunch and breakfast is free the way in which they treat the food that they sell to people I don’t know how some of these places still open to the public. I walk with my food from home. If the health inspector show up unannounced a lot of these places would be closed down. A supermarket that sell cook food how on earth people buy food from there the stench inside and outside would make anyone vomit.

  20. Hmmm says:

    And, how many cases of food poisoning have been attributed to this restaurant? WIll this prompt the Health Dept to inspect other eating establishments?

  21. Lipidee says:

    Well how come M*****n restaurant could NEVER be shut down or disciplined in the 21 years I been hearing the same health department been finding them in @&*%#* GROSS violation???

    Don’t worry ppl , if tourism doesn’t pick up , BVIslanders can package F-&*%***-ing DUPLICITY and EXPORT internationally .

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  22. Wow says:

    And what the health department wants to do about the f….. Garbage burning in the West, that’s killing also. AND THEY KEEP SAYING THEY FIXED IT. It’s never been so bad

  23. usa says:

    This is not the only place in Tortola that cook and not clean, In Tortola is who you no. I call the health department on few places but nothing was done because all the big shot goes their to eat.

  24. lol says:

    So that is the special sauce?

  25. Rick James says:

    So where am I supposed to go for dinner tonight

  26. Wise up says:

    Well well I don’t see any big of issues for closing the restaurant,there are restaurant that practice far worse but only because the are owned by belongers they never got shut down.I personally know of one that persons got food poisoning because pest control worked the night before and may have contaminated the pot but nothing came from that.

  27. BuzzBvi says:

    Restaurant at the marina surrounded by sewage never have a problem, but this story creating quite a stink!!

  28. Smh says:

    Before you guys be happy is chicken and not dog. Can’t please black people lol

  29. Bad boy says:

    Go and check many restaurants at marinas I will name one p** l*** restaurant do your homework get the job done

  30. Grog says:

    I could never understand why Caribbean people eat Asian food. There is nothing at all healthy or appealing about that stuff.

    In addition to our own Caribbean food, I would love to see some African restaurants here, Never mind the lies the American media go out of their way to tell about African culture.

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  31. BVI Love says:

    The establishments that don’t provide AC in their hot kitchens need to be checked out i went into a restaurant and saw the workers sweating imagine that dropping into the food when preparing it

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  32. eyes says:

    on your pets

  33. Lisa says:

    The photo of the food itself looks disgusting. At first I thought it was full of insects. What you don’t know can kill you.

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