It's never easy to hear of a local restaurant struggling on any level, especially in a town small enough that rumors of all sorts can start.

Recently, Dave's Sushi made headlines with what is being called a temporary closure due to a suspected "foodborne illness".

Dave's Sushi Official Facebook Page
Dave's Sushi Official Facebook Page

Dave's Sushi did make a statement via Facebook:

We understand that several of our customers who dined with us on Monday, April 17, 2023 became ill. We believe that the common ingredient that may have been consumed was FDA-approved, cultured, morel mushrooms used in Monday’s special roll.
We promptly contacted the Gallatin County Health Department and have voluntarily closed while the health department conducts their investigation. We will remain temporarily closed until we get more information. We continue to care very much about our guests, staff, and the community, and our thoughts are with those who were reported ill. We encourage anyone with questions or concerns to contact us at Thank you, Dave’s Sushi (Official Facebook Page)
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Here is the full Inspection Report:

Dave's Sushi - Inspection Report Address: 115 N Bozeman Ave Bozeman MT 59715 Establishment Type: FR 01 Food Service Establishment FR 02 Tavern or Bar FR 06 Food Manufacturer (On-site Retail - Take Out) FR 10 Food Service / Catering (On-site Retail Only) Phone No.: (406) 556-1351

Inspection details Inspection Date 18 April 2023 Inspection Type Routine Risk Factor/Intervention (RFI) Violations 4

Violation Details Regulation Code Reference Violation & Comments 3-501.16

Cold time/temperature control for safety food not adequately temperature controlled. RISK FACTOR/INTERVENTION RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION: Time/temperature control for safety food shall be cold held at 5°C (41°F) or less. Eggs shall be stored at a temperature of 7°C (45°F) or less. OBSERVATIONS & CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: At the time of inspection one of the front cooler prep stations was temping at a temperature ranging between 45-47F. The spicy salmon was measured with a probe thermometer to have an internal temperature of 46F, the salmon Ikura was temped to be at 45F and the wasabi was temped to be at 47F. Staff was informed and staff moved locations to stop using this prep station. Please ensure any food items above 41F are disposed of and the cooler is able to store foods at 41F or lower within 3 days of this inspection.

Wiping cloths not stored in sanitizer between uses or sanitizer of appropriate strength. RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION: Cloths in use for wiping counters and other equipment surfaces shall be held between uses in a chemical sanitizer solution at a concentration as specified. OBSERVATIONS & CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: At the time of inspection sanitizer cloths were observed not to be stored on top of the workstations and not in the sanitizer buckets. This item was discussed with the manager at the time of inspection. Please have all staff store the sanitizer rags in the sanitizer buckets within 10 days of this inspection.

Working containers filled from bulk supplies not clearly labeled. RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION: Working containers used for storing poisonous or toxic materials such as cleaners and sanitizers taken from bulk supplies shall be clearly and individually identified with the common name of the material. OBSERVATIONS & CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: At the time of inspection the chemicals used to clean the front tables were not labeled on the spray bottles. Please ensure all chemical bottles are labeled within 10 days of this inspection.

Shellstock tags not maintained for 90 days. RISK FACTOR/INTERVENTION RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION: The identity of the source of shellstock that are sold or served shall be maintained by retaining shellstock tags or labels for 90 calendar days from the date that is recorded on the tag or label. OBSERVATIONS & CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: At the time of inspection the shellstock tags for April were not available. Please ensure that all shellstock tags are kept and available for at least 90 days from the date recorded on the tag or label within 10 days of this inspection.

Improper storage of personal care items. RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION: Employees shall store their personal care items in facilities as specified under ¶ 6-305.11(B). OBSERVATIONS & CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: Personal storage items were observed to be stored without a lid above food items at the time of inspection. Please ensure these items are stored where they will not potentially contaminate food items within 10 days of this inspection.

Consumer advisory for consumption of raw or undercooked animal food not adequate. RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION: If an animal food such as beef, eggs, fish, lamb, milk, pork, poultry, or shellfish is served or sold raw, undercooked, or without otherwise being processed to eliminate pathogens, either in ready-to-eat form or as an ingredient in another ready-to-eat food, the permit holder shall inform consumers of the significantly increased risk of consuming such foods by way of disclosure and reminder. Identification of the animal-derived FOODS by asterisking them to a footnote that states that the items are served raw or undercooked, or contain (or may contain) raw or undercooked ingredients. OBSERVATIONS & CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: At the time of inspection the consumer advisory was observed on the menu to be missing an asterisk next to each item that is served raw or undercooked. Please update the menu within 10 days of this inspection.

Improper 4-hour time control procedures. RISK FACTOR/INTERVENTION RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION: The food shall have an initial temperature of 5°C (41°F) or less when removed from cold holding temperature control, or 57°C (135°F) or greater when removed from hot holding temperature control; the food shall be cooked and served, served at any temperature if ready-to-eat, or discarded, within 4 hours from the point in time when the food is removed from temperature control; and the food in unmarked containers or packages, or marked to exceed a 4-hour limit shall be discarded. OBSERVATIONS & CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: At the time of inspection the facility said they use time as a public health control for sushi rice as they do not have an approved HACCP on file. A time as a public health control protocol and monitor records were not available for review. Please ensure a protocol and a temp/ time log are kept for each batch of rice within 3 days of this inspection.

Utensils and food-contact surfaces of equipment not safe RISK FACTOR/INTERVENTION RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION: Materials that are used in the construction of utensils and food-contact surfaces of equipment may not allow the migration of deleterious substances or impart colors, odors, or tastes to food and under normal use conditions shall be safe and finished to have a SMOOTH, EASILY CLEANABLE surface; and Resistant to pitting, chipping, crazing, scratching, scoring, distortion, and decomposition. OBSERVATIONS & CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: At the time of inspection some of the utensils were observed to have chips in them and changed colors. Please replace the utensil items that were shown to staff within 3 days of this inspection.

Many comments are posted under the statement, but if you have questions regarding the closure, it's best to contact the email provided above to squash creating any unnecessary rumors.
Dave's has been voted Bozeman's Best Sushi numerous times, and they have a following of over 9k on their socials. We wish and hope for the best for any and all that have been affected by the incident that took place.
cc:, Dave's Sushi Official Facebook Page

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