Tourist hotspot Café Mundo closed indefinitely by Health Ministry

April 6, 2011

Popular San José restaurant Café Mundo, located in Barrio Otoya, has been shut down indefinitely due to health code violations and reports of food-born illness among customers. The Health Ministry received several complaints from patrons who became ill after eating there. Customers complained of diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms of food poisoning several hours after eating at the well-known tourist spot.

The Health Ministry cited reports of food poisoning on March 23, 24 and 28. At 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, health inspectors arrived at Café Mundo to investigate the conditions of the restaurant.

Accompanied by restaurant manager Oscar Trejos, inspectors found unsanitary conditions throughout Café Mundo, according to a report released by the Health Ministry. Disinfectants were discovered near the liquors. Surfaces appeared unwashed and not disinfected. 

The ministry noted mishandled food, vegetables stored on the floor (instead of in a container), meat exposed to contamination and uncovered near garbage bins, and shrimp in the freezer that wasn’t in proper condition.

Part of the restaurant was undergoing remodeling. However, the kitchen remained exposed to the area under construction. Dust coated the walls, floors and tables in the kitchen. Holes were found in the walls, on the floor and in the roof.

The restaurant must submit a plan to improve food handling and storage before it will be allowed to reopen. Calls made to Café Mundo were not answered.

Read the Health Ministry’s report on Café Mundo and see photos of the inside of the restaurant here.

You may be interested

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby
sports
28 views
sports
28 views

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 22, 2018

A three-part look at adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I here to learn how a Central Pacific coach is…

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network
Human rights
39 views
Human rights
39 views

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network

Elizabeth Lang - May 22, 2018

As Costa Rica continues to grapple with the disagreements about marriage equality and gender identity that dominated the second round…

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week
The Alvarado Administration
114 views
The Alvarado Administration
114 views

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week

The Tico Times - May 21, 2018

Newly inaugurated Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is closing in on two weeks on the job. Here are some of…