After two businesses in Condado were closed for health violations, the Puerto Rico Restaurant Association today repudiated the mishandling of food in these establishments and reiterated the importance of complying with the regulations of the industry.
"One of the functions that we carry out most in the Puerto Rico Restaurant Association is to guide our partners and the restaurant industry in general on the applicable laws and regulations to responsibly operate a restaurant in Puerto Rico. There are many rules that must be complied with and we must constantly update ourselves to comply with them, since this industry is one of the most regulated in the country ”, stated in written statements Gadiel Lebrón, president of the entity.  “For this reason, as an organization that represents the restaurant industry in Puerto Rico, we do not support the conduct of those who violate the rules and regulations that regulate us, and we want to make it clear that this conduct does not represent quality standards of most of our industry . It is the duty of restaurant owners and operators to educate themselves to operate their businesses correctly, ”Lebrón pointed out.
Due to non-compliance with the executive order and environmental health protocols, the Department of Health ordered close the restaurants Latin Star Restaurant and Dumpling in San Juan.
According to images shared by the agency, the establishments had poor handling of food and a lack of cleanliness. Photos of a mouse were also circulated along with food containers .
“As is our role, we call on all our partners and country restaurants to to validate that their restaurants are complying with all the laws and regulations of the industry as well as with the last executive order on the curfew due to the pandemic, to avoid fines, markings, cancellation of licenses or until the closure of their businesses ”, indicated Lebrón.  The Puerto Rico Restaurant Association is "fully available to educate and guide those restaurant owners and operators who need it," said the president.