Oakland Chinese restaurant cited for live rats in prep kitchen
The Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Little Asia in North Oakland after inspectors found rats in the basement prep kitchen.
During a visit Tuesday to the restaurant at 301 S. Craig St., county inspectors found one live rat behind a water heater in the basement and one climbing dry shelving, according to an inspection report posted to the county website.
The restaurant’s owner did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Inspectors also found a bag of rice that had been chewed and rat droppings in a box of rice noodles, the report said. Inspectors also found many small flies in the basement and kitchen areas, including two floating in a bucket of soy sauce, the report said.
The bottoms of several cutting boards were found collecting debris and “a mold-like and slime-like substance,” the report said.
The pest and cleaning issues were high-risk, repeat violations, the report said.
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