A restaurant located inside Polaris Fashion Mall has come under fire after a complaint of a rodent being cooked inside a take out order!!
A woman claims she discovered a cooked rodent inside of her teriyaki chicken takeout she purchased from Yihi Japan. Inspectors with the Columbus Health Department made sure to drop by the restaurant yesterday and conducted a “thorough” investigation.
No evidence was found to determine if the rodent came from Yihi Japan or how it might have wound up in the woman’s food. Rob Aquista, the department’s Food Protection Supervisor, said he contacted the United State Department of Agriculture to follow-up on his department’s investigation. Aquista said the company that supplies Yihi Japan with its chicken has also been contacted.
Inspectors, however, did find other critical violations in the restaurant. This prompted an immediate shut down of operations due to the following:
- Water backing up through floor drains near the ice machine, food preparation sink and walk-in cooler.
- Cockroach infestation. Inspectors found one of the bugs inside a pot of dry rice.
- Accumulation of food debris and grease under the grill, tables, cabinets and work station. In their notes, the inspector wrote, “The physical facilities are not cleaned as often as necessary.”
The owner of Yihi Japan stated that he is working with the health department to correct all of the violations, and re-open ASAP. He also claims the rodent did not come from his restaurant.
Before the restaurant is allowed to re-open, the Columbus Public Health Department must first do a follow-up inspection.