It has been a heck for a week for a Vancouver restaurant accused of serving a bowl of chowder with a dead rat in it.
The alleged incident took place on December 27, 2018 at the Crab Park Chowdery, a local place for soups and chowders that opened in 2017.
After the accusation, the video and the graphic image of the dish was released on Instagram, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) examined both the Crab Park Chowdery and the basement commissioner kitchen where its soup is made off-site. This kitchen is owned by Mamie Taylors, a restaurant that operates directly across the commissioner.
The studies concluded that Crab Park Chowdery was cleared to work, and VCH inspectors found evidence of a rodent problem in the form of drops in Mamie Taylor's commission kitchen.
Subsequently, the restaurant and kitchen were closed pending another visit from the health authorities on the morning of 29 December, after which both rooms were reopened.
Mamie Taylor's owner Ron Oliver has since published ties with Crab Park Chowdery and said, "The unfortunate incident has made it clear to us that we cannot trust the companies that lease our commission kitchen to maintain the same standard of expertise as Mamie Taylor's As such, we won't lease commissioner kitchen space to other restaurants and have cut off business with Crab Park Chowdery. "
Crab Park Chowdery published a statement on the situation on January 1, 2019, saying that the restaurant had made a "full investigation" and that the study concluded that this incident did not happen. "
"We have made a full study of the recently reported incident of a rodent who allegedly has been in our prepared foods and has unequivocally concluded that this incident could not have occurred in our kitchen or due to actions of our employees prior to To be prepared and served, "read the statement.
Vancouver Coastal Health Public Health Inspection Reports show that Crab Park has not historically adhered to hygiene food management and has been able to show that the premises are free of pests.
These reports range from April 2017 to October 2018, as the latest critical violation is that "Equipment, utensils and / or food contact surfaces are not in a safe and health food management condition" on October 11, 2018.
The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority also noted that there were signs of rodents during an inspection in February 2018.
"Premises have signs of rodent activity. Premises are not protected from the action of pests. Conditions on premises can lead to shelter / breeding pests," the report said.
An inspector also found that "the dishwasher does not provide adequate washing and / or sanitation to remove contamination."
Crab Park keeps their food safety and procedures up to standard, and also included an open invitation to people to "tour our facilities to see for yourself."
"If there are questions left, we ask you to come down and see our operation first hand, the security measures in place and to meet our staff," the restaurant said. "You will see for yourself how much we all love what we do, our commitment to excellence and why we are so loved by society."