Trattoria fined for health violations
Trattoria Toscana was fined $250 this week for two violations of state health regulations, according to Jannette Whitcomb, food program manager for Aspen’s Environmental Health Department.
The East Cooper Avenue restaurant was first cited for several violations in a regular inspection in February 2001. Some of the problems were corrected, but some were noted in subsequent inspections in March and August of last year, according to the Environmental Health Department.
Two violations were again noted during a routine inspection on March 14, 2002, according to Whitcomb.
One violation related to the improper cooling of food. State health regulations require restaurants to cool cooked foods to certain temperatures within certain timeframes, using proper techniques. The restaurant was also cited for a sanitation violation, stemming from the improper washing and sanitizing of equipment, including utensils, Whitcomb said.
The fine, technically a civil assessment, is mandatory under state regulations if a critical violation is noted in successive inspections. Critical violations are those that can lead to food-borne illness, Whitcomb explained.
The restaurant will receive a follow-up inspection in early April, she said.
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