Food for Thought Report 1.30 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/30/03

Food for Thought Report 1.30

Thirty-five city and county food establishments were on the agenda for city inspectors this week. So who's on top and who's not? Let's order up another edition of NewsChannel 11's Food for Thought.

They're slogan is eat fresh and you can bet you'll do that here. Subway at 1306 Broadway shines as our only Food for Thought Top Performer this week with zero critical violations.

Now on to this week's only Low Performer, Hoot's Bagels at 8201 Quaker. That's where inspectors found 4 critical violations

  • Potentially hazardous food products being held at improper temperatures. Soup was found at 134 degrees, hot foods should be kept at a minimum of 140 degrees or hotter.
  • There was inadequate hand washing. Employees were not washing their hands prior to putting on gloves, and employees were not changing gloves between job duties.
  • Thermometers were provided but were not accurate.
  • A food contact surface, specifically the shelf holding hoot dogs, was found heavily soiled.

Other violations included heavy frost build up in a freezer, the interior of the bagel display soiled with crumbs, a reach in cooler that was heavily soiled, and heavy build up and excess items throughout the facility.

The Manager of Hoot's told us the restaurant is in the process of changing owners, and they are re-evaluating their procedures and standards. Several employees including management will also be taking part in a service safety class with the health department.

The Manager also tells NewsChannel 11 that all violations were corrected on site and they are in good shape now, and that Hoot's is actively pursuing a Top Performing certificate.

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