Edmonton’s Dynasty Century Palace Restaurant was briefly closed because of cockroaches – Edmonton

For the second time in less than a month, Alberta Health Services closed a downtown Edmonton restaurant for unsanitary conditions, including cockroaches in the kitchen and food stored in unsafe conditions.

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The Dynasty Century Palace Restaurant at 9700 105 Ave. Chinatown was closed on October 16. The restaurant is a hangout for the city’s Chinese community and has a history of health violations.

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AHS identified nearly two dozen issues that “could be dangerous to public health or in any way hinder the prevention or suppression of disease,” including:

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  • Evidence of a cockroach infestation with one live and one dead cockroach on the floor of the kitchenette.
  • There was no effective pest control program; No records were available at the time of the test.
  • Adhesive boards were missing from many of the walls throughout the facility and were placed in such a way that they would not trap cockroaches.

Food safety

  • Some foods were partially covered and / or allowed access to the cockroaches or other potential sources of contamination.
  • Foods including cooked beans, garlic in oil, and perishable sauces were found to be at room temperature.
  • Keeping various high-risk foods warm, including rolls with perishable fillings and unsteamed dim sum items, has been noted between 40 ° C and 50 ° C.
  • Multiple food containers were stacked so that the bottom of one container was in direct contact with the food below.
  • Raw meat was stored above and next to ready-to-eat foods, vegetables, and cooked foods in the cooler.
  • A written food safety program was drawn up, but the plan was not implemented by the staff, nor in a format that could be used by the staff.
  • Sauce containers stored directly on the floor in the kitchen and in the storage area.

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  • Containers for storing dishes and utensils were in poor condition and broken in several places.
  • Clean dishes and utensils were kept in containers that held dirt, grease, and buildup of dirt.
  • Trays were used as shovels and stored with the touch sensitive surfaces in direct contact with the food ingredient.


  • Wet and dirty cleaning cloths on countertops, buckets of disinfectant too weak to be effective.
  • Many unlabeled bottles or buckets of clear liquid were noticed all over the kitchen.
  • Reusable orange disposable rubber kitchen gloves appear to have been used for both food handling and washing dirty dishes. AHS said an employee came out of the staff’s washroom wearing orange rubber gloves. The employee continued to wash dishes without washing his hands.
  • No supervisory or managerial staff in the facility had recognized qualifications in food hygiene.
  • Inadequate hygiene found throughout the facility:
    – Food debris and grease were found on the outside of the device.
    – Surfaces with high contact below and above shelves, food appliances, grease containers, garbage bins, electrical cables, pipes and plumbing were found to be in an unsanitary condition.
    – Grease dripped from the ventilation roof onto the hob.
  • There were no filters in the exhaust hood to prevent the equipment from adequately removing greasy vapors.

The restaurant has a history of poor conditions. Hygiene and food safety issues have been highlighted several times in AHS ‘two year inspection reports published online.

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Problems identified in the past include wooden dim sum bowls with food scraps or debris accumulated inside, improperly storing or thawing food and at dangerous temperatures, and using dirty rags alongside inadequate and inconsistent cleaning solutions, previous evidence of cockroaches.

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AHS said the latest inspection revealed that the restaurant appears to be in breach of an executive order issued on September 19, 2017.

The restaurant’s owner, Thang (Tom) Ly, was directed to comply with a long list of demands, including:

  • Provide AHS with a full list of all food handling employees
  • Ensure that managers have an adequate understanding of acceptable food safety practices and have attended an approved food safety training course
  • End the practice of storing high risk perishable foods at room temperature
  • Store food containers off the floor and in a way that prevents cross-contamination
  • Make sure all food is adequately covered / protected and in pest-proof containers
  • Rearrange the freezers and coolers to avoid cross-contamination
  • Stop storing shovels or bowls in direct contact with products
  • Clearly label all chemicals, detergents and similar agents
  • Ensure employees no longer use the same gloves to wash dirty dishes and handle or prepare food, and make sure they wash their hands before and after handing over food
  • Hire a pest control company to clean up the cockroach infestation and take steps to prevent it from reoccurring, including removing or tampering with traps
  • Repair the building to prevent further cockroach infestation
  • Cease use and remove all broken, damaged, or otherwise unsuitable equipment, utensils, containers, and containers from the food area.
  • Disinfect utensils before use and then clean them properly
  • Store wet wipes in an approved disinfectant solution when not in use
  • Have a written hygiene program and make sure the staff actually follow it

AHS said Monday afternoon that a health inspector returned to the restaurant on Saturday October 22nd and all of the above conditions were met so the restaurant could reopen.

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In 2016, the owner of the restaurant was fined $ 42,000 after health inspectors found cockroaches and dirty kitchen conditions back then, too, according to the Edmonton Journal.

To find the latest Edmonton restaurant inspections, visit this website. To view AHS health enforcement orders, visit this website.

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