Beach McDonald's cited for "critical violations"

Beach McDonald's cited for

Credit: 13Newsfile

The McDonald's at Bonney Rd. and Independence Blvd. has been cited by the health department.


Posted on September 25, 2002 at 5:06 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 3:04 PM

The hepatitis A threat at the McDonald's at Bonney Rd and Independence Blvd. hasn't made for a lot of happy meals lately.

A 13News investigation reveals that same McDonald's has been cited by the Virginia Beach health six times in the past five months.

Inspectors call them "critical violations" -- such things as not sanitizing utensils, having leaky faucets which could pose contamination problems, an excessive number of flies and improperly storing toxic chemicals.

The health department manager says what his team found there was pretty normal. "It is not the worst restaurant I've encountered nor is it the very best," Frank Scanlon said. He said most of the problems were fixed on the spot and that none of the violations was related to the hepatitis scare.

It's still unclear where the McDonald's employee contracted the virus.

Meantime, the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Health Departments continue to offer innoculations to people who ate at the Bonney Rd. McDonald's on Sept. 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18 and 19.

McDonald's is picking up the cost of the $32 shot. You can get them at either health department office.

So far, more than a thousand people have gotten the shot that lessens the effects of the virus.

Shot times/locations:

September 24-27 from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. and September 30-October 3 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Va. Beach Health Dept., 4456 Corporation Lane, 518-2745; Hepatitis A Info Hotline: 219-2080 until 5:00 p.m. Friday.

Chesapeake Health Department, 748 N. Battlefield Blvd., 382-8646