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MAP: Find Out Which Kings Park Grocer is the Grossest

Patch has pulled together information on grocery store inspections across New York state to create our exclusive interactive map.

Click here for a full page view of the map.

While mold, insects, rats and dust may sound like we're listing plagues, these are actually common violations found in supermarkets and grocery stores across Long Island, including Kings Park, state data show.

Patch has pulled together information on grocery store inspections across New York state to create our exclusive interactive map, culled from public data supplied by the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets. Unlike restaurants, which are inspected by the Suffolk County Department of Health, grocers in town are inspected by this state agency.

For Kings Park Patch, we collected data on 58 markets in the Kings Park and San Remo area, ranging from major chain supermarkets to smaller meat or seafood shops, pharmacies and convenience stores.

RELATED: 5 Things You Should Know About Grocery Inspections

In the data above you find results of a store's latest food safety inspection as of Jan. 30, and the location’s past performance. Violations are either listed as "general deficiencies," which inspectors say did not present a heath risk, and "critical deficiencies" that pose a real hazard to customers. One critical violation and the market fails inspection.

How Kings Park Scored

Only one grocery store in town failed in 2012, though it happens to be Kings Park's only local supermarket.

Key Food, at 66 Indian Head Road, failed its inspections twice in 2012, and failed its first inspection of 2013 as well. In its most recent inspection, state workers found two critical deficiencies related to food-stained cutting boards and a vessel used to heat food that wasn't hitting high enough temperatures.

However, previous failed inspections cited mouse droppings in the store.

RELATED: Key Food Health Failures Don't Surprise Locals

Key Food was also slapped with 29 less serious, general violations.

Plum Crazy Gourmet Kitchen had the second-highest number of violations in town, with 15 general deficiencies mostly related to cleanliness, storage and equipment maintenance. The 7-11 on East Northport Road had 12 of these general deficiencies.

As for the cleanest stores in the area, the Kings Park Mini Mart and Jesse James Seafood market both had four general deficiencies, including a citation for Jesse James for storing an ice shovel on the floor.

According to the state, there were 110 inspectors on the state’s payroll in 2012 responsible for about 31,000 retail food stores and around 6,200 food warehouses, wineries and other processors. Delis are included in the department’s inspections if 50 percent or less of their business is selling ready-to-eat food.

"They are our eyes and ears behind the scenes," said Robert Gravani, a professor at Cornell University who trains state inspectors.

Inspectors show up unannounced, and can spend as little as hour or more than a day inspecting a store, said Stephen Stich, Director of Food Safety and Inspection at the department.

The Inspection System

In 29 percent of the 30,372 retail food store inspections conducted statewide in 2012, the inspector found one or more problems that could make customers sick, Patch’s analysis of public records shows.

If an inspector finds a serious hazard to food safety, the store fails the inspection. Our analysis found more than 5,300 stores across the state failed an inspection last year, and more than 1,100 stores failed more than once. The department can fine the store up to $600 for the first critical deficiency, and double that amount for any more critical problems.

The department does more than just hand out fines. Sometimes, inspectors supervise supermarket employees as they correct violations on the spot, such as sanitizing dirty deli slicers, Stich said. Inspectors also hold in-store trainings to educate employees on the importance of food safety.

"These companies want to do things right," Gravani said. "Sometimes they fall down. That’s why you have a regulatory system."

Shoppers should call state inspectors with complaints about their local supermarket, such as spoiled food, Stich said.

You can reach the Long Island and NYC regional office, located in Brooklyn, at 718-722-2876.

But if you think food from the supermarket made you sick, contact your local health department, Stich said.

You can reach the Suffolk County Health Department at 631-854-0000.

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Quality01 March 15, 2013 at 10:47 PM
It's funny why a business owner wouldn't comply with local and county regulations when it comes to food safety, and why someone would support the place.
Dan March 15, 2013 at 10:59 PM
@Quality01 ... how's business at Bagel King doing?
TrudyCampbell March 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM
and he responds with a vague threat, classic.
John K Massaro March 18, 2013 at 01:18 AM
No threat. No need to threaten anybody. I'm not looking to fight. You can see it how you want to see it. Simply have the hair on your balls to say what you want to say face to face or don't say anything at all. Apparantly, Lifer doesn't have that kind of hair...
Kings Park Runner March 18, 2013 at 05:58 PM
JKM who are you some bully?
John K Massaro March 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM
What part of "No threat", "No need to threaten anybody", or "I'm not looking to fight." don't you seem to understand?
Stevo March 18, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Bela Cuchina has officially closed!
Bellacucina March 21, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Bella cucina is open! We never were closed! Thanks
Bellacucina March 21, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Bella Cucina is operating under the department of agriculture we are curently in the prosess of switching to the department of health to put in more seating! Thank you for the concern & thank you John K.
Tropical Linda March 22, 2013 at 12:41 AM
I agree with John K... you must have something against them.
Tropical Linda March 22, 2013 at 12:49 AM
@Barbara, you are right. The family are all very nice. I understand that Plum Crazy was under the Dept of Agriculture, and it followed through with Bella Cucina. As Bella Cucina replied they are in the process of changing over. More seating.... means more people to enjoy their great food. @Quality.... You claim you walked in there and asked to see their paperwork...First of all I doubt that, and second, I don't believe someone would have said "get out" I'm sure they might have said, we aren't under the Dept of Health at the moment... that is why we don't have the paperwork. Being under the Dept of Agriculture still gives them the right to do business as they were. You really should get your facts straight before you start spewing garbage.
Tropical Linda March 22, 2013 at 12:53 AM
But they were complying with the Dept of Agriculture. People like myself support them because we have been in there, and know the place is fine. Other people here may be supporting them because it is obvious that you have a personal grudge against them.
Tropical Linda March 22, 2013 at 12:55 AM
I think Bella Cucina is the best thing that has happened to Kings Park in a long time !!!
John K Massaro March 22, 2013 at 02:18 AM
No problem... :)
Kerry Smith March 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Glad to hear they are still open - it is our new favorite pizza place!!!!
Janine March 22, 2013 at 04:11 PM
How pathetic that you have so much free time to slam a great establishment. Please put your time to good use and don't make implications when you don't have facts. I am a fan of Bella Cucina, our community needs a place like this and it's ignorant people like you who keep small businesses and local communities from prospering. I've eaten here numerous times, LOVE the food and the people who work here. I've brought out of town guests here and they loved it. You have no reason to make a post like this. If you don't like it there, don't go. You must have a personal vendetta that you are trying to fulfill through multi media. I think most people are far more intelligent then you and will try Bella Cucina and make their own decisions. They are operating within their legal requirements so please take your simple minded accusations and use your time for good use.
Janine March 22, 2013 at 04:17 PM
They are in compliance with all regulations and obviously if you felt they were such a threat, then you would not be posting on here. For selfish reasons, I am supporting this establishment, still working my way through their menu!! LOL! I assume Quality01 is a fellow competitor trying to knock Bella Cucina but one visit to Bella Cucina's and anyone will become a fan!
Janine March 22, 2013 at 04:28 PM
@Quality01-I just discovered that I can click on your "name" and it brings me to all of your posts and find it interesting that you have been slamming Bella Cucina on different threads on this site-even on one pertaining to Ralph's Italian Ices!!!! You put them down during discussions that have nothing to do with pizza or restaurants!! You also tend to praise Bagel King quite often, coincidence? Personally the few times I have been to Bagel King, the place was filthy and the employee picked up garbage off the floor and proceeded to get a customer's bagel order without washing their hand. Their seeds are stale, taste like they are used from the day before!!
Dee March 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM
As an active community member, it disheartens me to see such division among people who should show pride in our town and try to unite it, not divide it. There are so many empty store fronts along Main Street and it is people like Quality01 who look to destroy rather then rebuild. Your accusations are not substantiated and if you are a local competitor then you know the struggle of the small business owner and you should not be condemning but rather offering support. I make it a point to visit all establishments and I do have my favorites. I'm proud to say that Bella Cucina is among my top favorites. Instead of posting negativity, let's offer positive comments, if you find a place you like, please share. If you find a place that you have justifiable complaints about, please let us know but don't make accusations and implications without checking facts. Let's work together to rebuild Kings Park!
Mama A March 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Quality01 it seems you have nothing better to do but cause trouble when there is none. As a few people have stated the business is run under the Dept of Agriculture for now and is being switched over to the Dept of Health. Review your business and zoning laws before you open your mouth. As anyone knows, legal process takes time. If they were operating illegally I'm sure a trouble making busy body like you would have found a way to shut them down by now. Bella Cucina was a much needed breath of fresh air in my opinion. Delicious authentic Italian food, and the nicest of people. My family and I have eaten there at least once a week since they have opened. I can assure you that none of us has gotten food poisoning or even so much as a tummy ache, except perhaps for eating just a little too much of their delicious food. The place is always clean, the food is always fresh, and the service is great. In my experience there I have seen the interaction of staff with their customers, and you would think they have been in Kings Park for years. Customers are greeted by name and there is always some nice chit chat while waiting for food. I cannot count the times I've over heard someone say that they went to Such &Such pizza place for years, but are now loyal to Bella Cucina. Time and time again I have heard people say "this is the best pizza in Kings Park". So Quality01 it's obvious that your opinion is based on something personal. So which Kings Park pizza place do you own??
Tropical Linda March 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM
How pathetic is @Quality01 !! Janine, I did click on his "name" and read some of his posts. He is taking cheap vicious shots at Bella Cucina. But it is pretty funny how he hasn't answered anyone else that has posted. He is a typical s@#t stirrer, and obviously has a personal vendetta against Bella Cucina. I'm sure he will be happy eating his buddies stale bagels !! LMAO
Tropical Linda March 22, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I agree @Dee. If @Quality01 is a competitor, maybe he should "step up his game" instead of just trying to disqualify his competition !
Tropical Linda March 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Have you tried their spinach & artichoke pizza ?? It is soooo good !!!
Tropical Linda March 22, 2013 at 11:22 PM
@Mama A, your right ! The interaction between the staff and the customers is awesome. On my third visit there, both Joyce & Tom remembered me. Each time I go in there, I am greeted like an old friend.
Mama A March 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Completely UNTRUE!!!!!!!!!
Mama A March 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM
@Tropical Linda ... I think I'm feeling like a spinach artichoke pie tonight!! I was going to cook but all this chit chat has put me in the mood for Bella Cucina, and as always I am happy to support a wonderful local business, that truly does right by their customers. @Bella Cucina, thanks for doing such a great job.
Tropical Linda March 22, 2013 at 11:52 PM
@Mama A...LMAO !! I was thinking about going tomorrow for the spinach & artichoke pizza.
Mama A March 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I love it!! My kids go crazy for the alfredo sauce. And my husband loves the burgers and wings. Have you tried the chicken marsala?? if not, I highly reccomend it. Everything I've had there was simply excellent.
PLP March 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM
I love Bella Cucina! I've tried many different items on their menu and really have enjoyed everything. Most importantly, the customer service given by Joyce and Tom can't be beat. I've been buying pizza in this town for 20 years, and no one ever called me by name before, until Joyce and Tom. It may seem like a small gesture, but it is very much appreciated and contributes to a small-town feeling that I love. I wish them continued success!!
KP March 27, 2013 at 12:07 PM
The grilled chicken cutlets at Bella Cucina are superb! The pizza is fantastic! Thank goodness we finally have somewhere in KP to get quick food that is delicious and comes with excellent service!

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