Umi Star fails again, then passes health inspection

2013-11-10T00:00:00Z 2013-11-10T21:20:18Z Umi Star fails again, then passes health inspectionBy Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

After failing a county health inspection this summer, Asian-Latin-American fusion restaurant Umi Star failed again and then passed in October.

“We fixed everything immediately and we did have a food-handling class,” said owner Jason Anderson. “Obviously safety and consumers are our No. 1 priority.”

The 1-year-old restaurant, 2502 N. Campbell Ave., was cited in August for keeping foods at the wrong temperatures and for cooks not washing their hands between handling raw foods and ready-to-eat foods.

The restaurant closed for nearly two months while it addressed other issues noted by the health inspector. Those included changing the menu and adding kitchen equipment without updating the restaurant’s permit.

After the restaurant reopened with a new look, a new menu and county-approved kitchen equipment, the inspector returned Oct. 16 and noted one critical violation, which means the restaurant failed its re-inspection.

A sushi cold-handling unit wasn’t working and fish was kept at the wrong temperature. The fish was thrown away and the unit was turned on to cool fresh fish, according to the inspector’s report.

“The infractions were minimal,” Anderson said. The cooler wasn’t working because a breaker had popped, he said.

When the inspector returned again on Oct. 28 the restaurant passed its inspection.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at or 573-4251. On Twitter @BeckyPallack

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