MARGATE, Fla. – In the midst of a growing state of listing problems at two locations in southern Florida, the Penn Dutch Food Center is closing these stores.
Loyal customers received an email from Penn Dutch on Tuesday stating that the Hollywood location will not open again and the Margate location would soon close for good.
Penn Dutch also said that no decision had been made about the location in Sunrise.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the Margate store will open on Wednesday for a final sale.
This comes after Local 1
The store is located at 3201 North State Road 7.
The report was issued on Monday by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The 110 samples were taken from the store on September 9 after positive food and environmental listeria samples were found last month at the Penn Dutch Food Center in Hollywood.
The Hollywood scene has not been open since then.
Initially, Penn Dutch published misleading signs outside the location where they stated it had been closed for roof repairs.
Back at the Margate site, a "stop use" order was issued for several areas and equipment.
All wheel docks, black plastic trays, a seafood cutting board, pallet scale in the compartment in the hall, deli dust bowl, deli, deli disc room, special cutting room, seafood department, fish cooler, seafood and deli refrigerator, ready-to-eat refrigerator, finished kitchen the room cannot be used until further notice.
This is not the first time the Margate site has had problems with listeria.
As Local 10 News reported back in March, a "stop-sale" order for hundreds of kilos of meat was issued due to positive listeria tests.
Penn Dutch management blames Hollywood issues on a bad roof.
There is no comment on the current issues in Margate. However, the company stated on its website that the Margate store is closed on Tuesday but will open again at 8pm on Wednesday and resume normal business hours.
Listeria infection is a foodborne bacterial disease that can be very serious for pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
It is usually contracted by eating improperly processed delicacies and unpasteurized milk products.
Listeria as moist environments.
Click here for more information on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listeria.
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