Two South Valley restaurants closed for health violations

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The Salt Lake County Health Department has shut down two South Valley restaurants — Aroma Fine Indian Dining in Draper and Amici in Cottonwood Heights — for creating "imminent health hazards" for consumers.

According to this March 4 report, posted on the department's website, Aroma, 715 E. 12300 South, was cited for 11 health code violations, including failure to "have working cold holding units."

The lack of proper refrigeration means the restaurant was storing both raw and cooked meats as well as sauces and cooked rice at temperatures between 60 and 64 degrees, temperatures that can promote bacteria growth, according to the county.

In addition, "potentially hazardous food is being cooled in deep and covered containers," the report said.

On March 3, the department cited Amici, a fairly new Italian restaurant at 2578 E. Bengal Blvd., for 19 food violations, including "operating in an addition to the facility that was not approved by the health department," according to the website report.

Other violations issued at Amici include:

• No hand wash sink convenient and accessible to the ware-wash area.

• Cooked eggplant held at 47 degrees.

• Food being stored in non-food grade containers.

• Ready-to-eat foods prepared on-site and held for more than 24 hours were not date-marked.

• The interior of the microwave was unclean.

• Clean equipment was not covered to protect it from contamination.

Once the restaurants have fixed the violations they may reopen.