Inspectors find food temperature issues and mold-like substance inside Saffron restaurant

Several other businesses had to throw away food

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - One restaurant stood out among the rest after the latest round of state inspections. Saffron on Village Boulevard in West Palm Beach was cited for 45 violations. Seven of them were classified as "high priority."

"Something is wrong," says owner Mike Hussain. "We've never had 45 violations, never. We've been here 11 years."

On the buffet line, the Tandoori chicken had to be thrown out because it was the wrong temperature. Hussain says the food was never going to be served because the inspector came after lunch.

"People who come at 2:30, it's not my fault," he says. "Lunch ends at 2 o'clock."

Saffron was also warned about grease and a "mold-like substance" on the ceiling of the kitchen, which Hussain says has been cleaned.

There's also a plumbing issue that will be fixed soon.

Renee Marie Estephano is a frequent diner at the restaurant. She says she was shocked by the report.

"The restaurant is always very clean so I'm kinda surprised about some of the things on that report," she said."I will definitely be more aware of these things moving forward."

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According to the state inspection report, numerous restaurants in the area had stop sales on food due to temperature issues. Those restaurants include:

Biergarten, 309 Via De Palmas Bldg. 90 in Boca Raton had a stop-sale on food due to temperature abuse. A manager, Meghan, says they had a malfunction with the cold drawers under the grill and the problem has been fixed.

Original Italian Pizza, 3731 FAU Blvd. in Boca Raton has a stop-sale on pizza slices that were on display. The owner, Rosario, says they did not document when the pizza came out of the oven and the problem has been fixed.

Olympic Taverna, 4200 NW Federal Hwy in Jensen Beach had a stop-sale on food that was out of temperature. The owner, Spiro Laskaris, says the food was immediately discarded and a refrigeration company came within the hour to fix any issues. He said the issues were simple mechanical problems that were resolved immediately.

The Pelican Diner, 13260 US Hwy 1 in Sebastian, had a stop-sale on food out of temperature in the cook line cooler. Owner Greg Hepler says appropriate action was taken to correct the issue and the restaurant is back in compliance.

Juliana's Restaurant Corp, 1941 S. Military Trail #R3 in West Palm Beach, had a stop-sale on chicken due to improper temperature.

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