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Violations, roach infestation shuts Grill & Curry, other parts of Wyndham Garden Hotel also infested

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According to the Department of Public Health it's one of the most severe cases they've seen in a long time. From the person in charge not having knowledge of the Guam Food Code to an active cockroach infestation, a local restaurant at the Wyndham Garden Hotel was shut down because it poses an imminent health hazard. But apparently, that wasn't the only place closed as inspectors shut down an entire floor of the hotel.

It was a tip and video sent to KUAM News from a hotel occupant about roaches in a room at the Wyndham Garden Hotel that led to an inspection by Public Health.

Marilou Scroggs is the administrator for the Bureau of Inspection at Public Health.


"Oh yeah, this is inside Wyndahm Garden look at that, cockroaches.. inside the microwave. right there. look at that," she said. "When I received that complaint from you, I sent three of our staff in the afternoon to conduct an assessment of the pest infestation."

And on Friday, inspectors found exactly what the person who sent the tip saw.

"Live roaches were observed in the hotel rooms most I think affected area is the third floor," Scroggs said. "And the employee lounge also there's some also in the second floor but the third floor are the ones is the ones that's really infested. So we told the management to for them to move the occupants from the third floor to down to the second, first or fourth that is not affected."

 

Every single room was inspected and then on Saturday another inspection was conducted but this time at the Grill & Curry Café. According to Scroggs this was probably one of the largest demerits given to one restaurant in a while.

Among the multitude of violations: food items stored on the floor, food not stored in proper temperatures, food not properly covered, stored and cleaned cutting boards were observed with dark stained, and stored plates found with dirt and dead cockroaches, an in-use rice scooper was stored in a container of water with dead cockroaches and the list goes on.


"One critical violation that we cited was the person in charge did not demonstrate the knowledge of food safety he doesn't have," Scroggs said. "I don't know if it's a lady or a guy he doesn't possess the manager's certification which is a requirement for every retail food establishments."

In total 77 demerits forced the closure of the Grill and Curry Café. According to Scroggs inspectors will be returning for follow up inspections for the hotel and restaurant before the third floor rooms will reopen and the restaurant.

The owner of the hotel declined to comment.

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