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Wo­man claims to find roach in take­out meal at Ewing Chi­nese res­tau­rant >>

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - FRONT PAGE - By David Foster dfos­ter@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @tren­to­nian­david on Twit­ter

EWING » A cus­tomer of a lo­cal Chi­nese res­tau­rant re­ceived a lit­tle more pro­tein than she bar­gained for.

Mon­ica Diaz, an em­ployee at Cap­i­tal Health Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Tren­ton, said she found a dead roach on her take­out meal from No. 1 China res­tau­rant in Ewing on Tues­day.

Diaz or­dered Hu­nan beef, shrimp and chicken with veg­eta­bles for lunch and when she half­way through eat­ing the meal, she re­al­ized the life­less crit­ter.

“I hap­pened to look down and I was like, ‘Oh my God. This is dis­gust­ing,’” Diaz said Tues­day. “I al­most ate it.”

Diaz took pic­tures of the black in­sect and no­ti­fied the town­ship health depart­ment.

A health in­spec­tor was sent to the res­tau­rant at 1429 Park­side Av­enue on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, Ewing Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tor Jim McMan­i­mon said in a phone in­ter­view.

“The health in­spec­tor didn’t see any­thing,” McMan­i­mon said Thurs­day. “She didn’t see any rea­son to shut them down.”

The town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tor said the health in­spec­tor re­viewed pest con­trol treat­ment records.

“The owner had a com­pany out there on Mon­day co­in­ci­den­tally for treat­ment,” McMan­i­mon said. “The res­tau­rant is treated monthly on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

The pest con­trol com­pany will re­treat the res­tau­rant again on Satur­day, McMan­i­mon said, and the health in­spec­tor will check to make sure it is done.

Diaz said she called No. 1 China af­ter she was hor­ri­fied at what she saw.

“They of­fered to make me an­other one,” she said. “I don’t want to eat there.”

Prior to the in­ci­dent, Diaz said she and other hospi­tal work­ers “or­dered from them all the time.” “I’ve never had is­sues,” she said. “But now, we’re all dis­gusted.”

The owner of No. 1 China did not re­turn a mes­sage seek­ing com­ment.

Diaz said she went pub­lic with the mat­ter “so this does not hap­pen to any­one else.” Ewing has ex­pe­ri­enced a rash of gross food episodes re­cently.

Last month, a cus­tomer of the new Wawa in Ewing claimed there were mag­gots in his buf­falo chicken cheeses­teak hoagie. His mother cre­ated a video that cap­tured two mag­gots, which are the larva of a fly, slith­er­ing on the wrap­per near the hoagie cut in half.

“My sauce started go­ing up on my pa­per wrap­per,” the cus­tomer pre­vi­ously told The Tren­to­nian. “Sauce isn’t sup­posed to do that. So I flipped my light back on and I saw two mag­gots just mov­ing around my sand­wich.”

McMan­i­mon said the cus­tomer was cap­tured on sur­veil­lance footage re­turn­ing the hoagie to the store at 1300 Sil­via St. The town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tor said Wawa

em­ploy­ees then threw out all the items used to make the sand­wich. There have been no more com­plaints since the in­ci­dent in late Septem­ber, McMan­i­mon said.

In a state­ment at the time, a Wawa spokes­woman said the com­pany in­spects its stores “on a daily ba­sis and have rig­or­ous pro­cesses in place to pre­vent in­ci­dents of this type from ever oc­cur­ring.”

“While we never spec­u­late on an un­ver­i­fied video, we do have an ex­tremely de­tailed process to au­then­ti­cate and as­sess com­plaints sur­round­ing any­thing that would take away from the best and most pos­i­tive Wawa ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble,” Wawa spokes­woman Lori Bruce said in an email. “We hold our­selves to the high­est stan­dard of qual­ity in the food that we serve and the con­di­tions in which we serve it.”

Wawa never re­turned any fol­low-up ques­tions from The Tren­to­nian about their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

McMan­i­mon said all of the town­ship’s restau­rants are in­spected an­nu­ally.

“If there’s any com­plaints that come in from any­one that uses a res­tau­rant, then we go out and in­spect it as soon as we get the com­plaint,” the town­ship of­fi­cial said. “The faster we can get out there, if there is food con­tam­i­nated in any way, we can get rid of it.”

McMan­i­mon said if a cus­tomer thinks some­thing is wrong with their food from an es­tab­lish­ment, the pa­tron should com­plain to the res­tau­rant and im­me­di­ately call the health depart­ment of the town where the es­tab­lish­ment is lo­cated.

Ewing res­i­dents can call the town­ship’s health of­fice for com­plaints at 609-8832900 ext. 7619.

GREGG SLABODA — THE TREN­TO­NIAN

The No. 1 China Res­tau­rant on Park­side Av­enue in Ewing.

SUB­MIT­TED IM­AGE

A wo­man claims a dead roach, pic­tured in the food, was found in her take­out or­der from No. 1 China res­tau­rant in Ewing on Tues­day.

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