Four Orlando Publix haven't been inspected by the State since 2016. Eight didn't even get inspected in 2017. Eleven didn't get inspected in 2016. What's going on?
By Mark Baratelli
Edited May 18, 2018
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Publix has donated $670,000 to Adam Putnam, the head of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which is in charge of inspecting grocery stores and other food businesses. After Publix failed 7 inspections in 2016, Putnam removed all 7 inspections from the website, removed the pass/fail system of grading and replaced it with a new grading system which makes it impossible for a food service under the Department to appear to have failed an inspection.
Since the new grading system doesn't show pass/fail now, we wanted to see if there were any other patterns of note to be found in the list of Orlando Publix inspections.
Per the department's own rule, grocery stores are to be inspected minimum every 12 months. Based on the website's inspection records, this works out to 1 inspection per calendar year.
The Daily City looked at the Department's record of inspections for Orlando area Publix and found the following:
Four Publix haven't been inspected since 2016.
Eleven didn't even get inspected at all in 2016.
Eight didn't get inspected at all in 2017.
Five are overdue for their 2018 inspection.
We put together a list below of the holes in the department's record of inspections for every Orlando Publix. Please note the following:
While the State is missing inspections, Publix is keeping its employees on their toes by paying a private company called Steritech to inspect each store. No notice is given to employees as to when these paid inspections will come. The inspections can last up to 4 hours according to one store Manager we spoke with.
We have not analyzed the Department's record of inspections for other grocery stores yet. So, the lax level of inspecting by the Department for Publix could be endemic of all grocery store brands in the state.
The Daily City verbally confirmed with two different Department of Agriculture employees that if a required 12 month inspection isn't listed on its website, then it has not been conducted.
Other inspection types which do not count towards the required 12 month inspection may have been conducted at any Publix. Those inspections will not appear on the FDACS website and again, do not count towards the required 12 month inspections.
No inspections Since 2016:
PUBLIX #1501 4042 S SEMORAN BLVD - No inspection since 2016
PUBLIX # 1048 1501 MEETING PL - No inspection since 2016 (Baldwin Park Publix)
PUBLIX # 1131 400 E CENTRAL BLVD - No inspection since 2016
PUBLIX # 0830 4501 HOFFNER AVE - No inspection since 2016
No 2017 inspections at all:
PUBLIX # 0133 4870 S APOPKA VINELAND RD - No 2017 inspection. No 2016 inspection. The 2018 inspection requires a Public Records Request.
PUBLIX # 0332 10115 UNIVERSITY BLVD - No 2017 inspection except one Focused Inspection which does "not result in an inspection summary" and is only available through a Public Records Request. 2018 inspection completed Jan 29.
PUBLIX #1610 5350 CENTRAL FLORIDA PKWY - No 2017 inspection. No 2016 inspection. No 2015 inspection. 2018 inspection completed April 6.
PUBLIX # 1015 6485 S CHICKASAW TRL -No 2017 inspection. 2018 inspection completed May 8.
PUBLIX # 1440 12231 E COLONIAL DR - No 2017 inspection. Almost 2 years with no inspection. 2018 inspection completed May 3.
PUBLIX # 0465 2300 S CHICKASAW TRL - No 2017 inspection. Almost 2 years with no inspection. 2016-2018. 2018 inspection completed May 1.
PUBLIX # 1122 409 S CHICKASAW TRL - No 2017 inspection. 2018 inspection completed Feb 6.
PUBLIX # 1439 7524 DR PHILLIPS BLVD - No 2017 inspection. 2018 inspection Jan 11: No current food permit displayed.
No 2016 Inspections at all:
PUBLIX # 0662 1400 E COLONIAL DR - No 2016 inspection. Failed 2015 inspection report is only available through a Public Records Request. 2018 inspection completed March 26.
PUBLIX # 0654 12195 S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRL - No 2016 inspection. In 2017 sixteen infractions were noted. In 2018 the only thing noted were cobwebs and dust. 2018 inspection completed April 16.
PUBLIX # 1191 9930 UNIVERSAL BLVD - No 2016 inspection. 2018 inspection due May 25.
PUBLIX # 0436 2873 S ORANGE AVE - No 2016 inspection. 2018 inspection completed May 18.
PUBLIX # 0605 5265 S JOHN YOUNG PKWY - No 2016 inspection. 2018 inspection due October 18.
PUBLIX # 1101 13850 LANDSTAR BLVD - No 2016 inspection. 2018 inspection completed January 17: no current food permit displayed.
PUBLIX # 0812 8145 VINELAND AVE - No 2016 inspection. 2018 inspection required July 12.
PUBLIX # 0427 3972 W TOWN CENTER BLVD - No 2016 inspection. 2018 inspection required May 23.
Overdue for 2018:
PUBLIX # 0886 10615 NARCOOSSEE RD - Overdue for Jan 3 2018. No 2016 inspection
PUBLIX # 1430 13900 NARCOOSSEE RD - Overdue for Jan 5 2018 inspection. No 2016 inspection.
PUBLIX # 1338 10250 CURRY FORD RD - Overdue for Jan 9 2018 inspection. No 2016 inspection.
PUBLIX # 0331 4606 S KIRKMAN RD - Overdue for April 18 2018 inspection.
PUBLIX # 0692 4402 CURRY FORD RD - Overdue for March 18 2018 inspection
PUBLIX # 0607 1921 S ALAFAYA TRL - Overdue for Feb 9 2018 inspection
PUBLIX # 0897 16825 E COLONIAL DR - Overdue for Jan 20 2018 inspection
PUBLIX # 0659 2015 EDGEWATER DR - Overdue for Jan 18 2018 inspection. No 2016 inspection.
Up to Date:
PUBLIX # 0741 7640 W SAND LAKE RD - 2018 Inspection due December 5.
PUBLIX # 1092 3400 AVALON PARK EAST BLVD - 2018 inspection due August 22.
PUBLIX # 0276 2435 S HIAWASSEE RD - 2018 inspection due July 18.
PUBLIX # 0347 7653 S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRL - 2018 inspection due June 14.
***The Publix at 14185 Lake Nona Blvd could not be found on the department's website as of May 17, 2018.