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113 Long Island food stores cited for violations in past 12 months

Javier Deli Grocery at 243 Broadway in Greenlawn,

Javier Deli Grocery at 243 Broadway in Greenlawn, Huntington, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Food Safety and Inspection found 21 violations at the deli during an inspection on May 28, 2015. Credit: Barry Sloan

The most recent inspection data for Long Island food retailers is out from The Division of Food Safety & Inspection of the Department of Agriculture & Markets.

It shows that 113 Long Island food stores have been cited in the past 12 months for 1,191 inspection violations, with 174 of them considered critical.

The update was posted July 14.

The department handed out the violations during inspections to establishments such as convenience stores, bodegas, grocery stores and supermarkets on Long Island.

The department has said that one critical violation constitutes a failing inspection.

Among the most common critical violations were 43 citations for having food-contact surfaces (equipment, utensils or conveyances) "unclean or not properly sanitized and likely to contribute to contamination" and 30 citations for "insect, rodent, bird or vermin activity likely to result in product contamination."

Other violations, which do not directly cause foodborne illness, are considered "noncritical."

Food inspectors from the agriculture department inspect retail food stores unannounced at least once a year. Inspectors also make visits prompted by complaints.

The state requires stores to post the date and results of the most recent inspection at each entrance. The agency conducts re-inspections within 60 days, a spokeswoman said. 

Javier Deli at 243 Broadway Greenlawn in Huntington had the most violations on Long Island, according to the data, with 21.

Last month, the state had reported 146 critical violations and 904 noncritical violations over a 12-month period. 

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