TEMPLE TERRACE, Florida — Live roaches in the soft serve ice cream machine? That’s what the state health inspector reported finding at the Dairy Queen on North 56th Street in Temple Terrace.

The inspector was sent in after receiving complaints from customers including one who reported getting a dead roach in their ice cream.

The Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurant ordered a temporary emergency closure after discovering 18 violations including live roaches crawling across the candy used for cake toppings, 40 more roaches inside the soft serve ice cream machine, with more activity under the Blizzard machine. The inspector also reported finding small flying insects in the food prep area and a mold like substance inside the ice machine.

Dairy Queen’s corporate office sent 10News WTSP the following written statement:

“Food safety and quality, as well as the safety and well-being of our customers and staff, are our top priorities. We follow the guidelines set by the FDA for food safety, and strive to ensure our franchise locations meet or exceed current industry practices. Our restaurants are required to adhere to our strict food preparation and sanitation and health procedures that comply with or exceed county and state health regulations.

You can view the Temple Terrace Dairy Queen’s inspection report here.

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