Lima, Peru: Operation detects numerous irregularities in Chinatown restaurants

Calle Capon, Lima’s popular Barrio Chino (Chinatown).
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(LIP-jl) — Regarded as one the best places to sample ‘Chifa,’ the Peruvian spin on Chinese food, the popular downtown Chinatown section known in Peru as Calle Capon was infiltrated by Peruvian health authorities yesterday who scoured the area’s restaurants for health and food safety violations.

Authorities from Peru’s Public Ministry cited the owners and administrators of Chin Wo, Salon China, Capon, Fun Yen and Zhen Wei for infractions that included using rusted cookware, having trash cans without lids near food handling areas, clogged kitchen drains, filthy restrooms, and overfilled storage areas.

Additionally, the establishments were also cited for numerous safety code violations as inspectors found obstructed emergency exits, incomplete first-aid kits, and expired fire extinguishers.

Peru’s Public Ministry has given the cited restaurants 7 days to correct the deficiencies, otherwise, they will face fines and possible closures.

Despite the infractions committed by the mentioned restaurants, authorities indicated that the majority or Chifa eateries in the gritty Calle Capon area passed the inspection.