Food for Thought Report 7.10 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/10/03

Food for Thought Report 7.10

City health inspectors had a lot to chew on this week. They checked out the kitchens of 30 local restaurants, and that's made for a lengthy Food for Thought report. We've got one Top Performer to tell you about, and six Low Performers. Let's get started with this week's edition of NewsChannel 11's Food for Thought.

Food for Thought 7.10
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 7/10/03.
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We start with this week's only Top Performing restaurant, Westside Cafe at 5719 66th St. gets zero critical violations this week, making them a Food for Thought Top Performer.

Our Low Performing list begins at Abuelo's at 4401 82nd St. with four critical violations.

  • Cantaloupe was found at 52 degrees, cheese was found at 55 degrees and guacamole was found at 55 degrees. Cold foods must be kept at 41 to 45 degrees or cooler.
  • A personal drink was found near the hand washing sink, personal drinks were found in a reach in cooler and wiping cloths were found in a hand washing sink.
  • A thermometer in a reach in cooler was not accurate.
  • A soiled knife was found on a counter top and a can opener was found soiled.

The General Manager at Abuelo's told NewsChannel 11 all violations have been corrected. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

Next it's IHOP at 1627 University with four critical violations.

  • Ham was found at 50 degrees. Cold foods must be kept at 41 to 45 degrees or cooler.
  • An employee was observed handling sandwich buns without using tongs, tissue, gloves or hand sanitizer.
  • An employee was observed handling raw egg product prior to handling sandwich buns.
  • A reach in cooler was not adequately holding items at appropriate temperatures.

A representative for IHOP issued this statement to NewsChannel 11: " All violations were corrected immediately while the city inspector was in the restaurant. International House of Pancakes strives to produce quality food in a safe and sanitary manner. In our efforts to maintain the highest industry standards, we employ a state licensed health inspector, who also has national credentials and is a Certified Food Safety Professional, to make random bi-weekly inspections of our restaurant. This is in addition to the IHOP national and local corporate inspections. However shortcomings can occur, especially during rush periods (such as the misplacement of a meat patty or an improperly marked item) and we thank our city inspectors for bringing these and all items to our attention."

Uncle Chien's at 3004 34th is next on the list with four critical violations.

  • Raw chicken was thawing at room temperature. The temperature of that chicken was 59.5 degrees.
  • Employees were not supplied with water that was sufficiently hot enough to properly wash hands.
  • A hand sink was being used for purposes other than hand washing--damp rags were found in the sink.
  • A hand sink was not supplying water at or above 110 degrees.

The Manager at Uncle Chien's told me all violations were corrected on the spot.

Skillet's at 6622 I-27 gets five critical violations.

  • Drinking containers were found on a food prep table, above the cooking line. The containers were removed.
  • The inspector found molded onions and a spoiled tomato.
  • There was cross contamination potential due to improper use of soiled wiping cloths. The wiping cloths were removed.
  • Watermelon was found with no expiration date and sliced turkey and ham had an expired date.
  • A hand washing sink was not accessible due to dishes.

The Manager at Skillet's told NewsChannel 11 the restaurant has been under new management for about a month and a half now, and they are working very hard to get things there back up to par. He said they have been doing lots of cleaning and have also gotten new equipment. He said all violations were corrected on site, the inspection report states that as well.

Furr's Cafeteria at 2801 50th Street gets eight critical violations.

  • Drinking containers were found on a food prep surface, the cup was removed.
  • Produce and fruit were found in unsound condition, an orange and a bell pepper were found spoiled.
  • Dirty wiping cloths were found on food contact surfaces, raw fish was found stored over jello, raw meat was stored over cooked meat, and products were not properly covered.
  • Baked fish, rice and potatoes were found with no date mark and grated cheese had an expired date.
  • Hand sinks were inaccessible due to a cart in the baking area, silverware in the front area and a trash can in the dish room.
  • The paper towel dispenser at a hand sink was not functioning.
  • Toxic items were stored on a shelf with clean dishes.
  • The inspector found pots and pans that were not clean and soiled cereal bowls on the food line.

The Manager at Furr's told me all violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.

This week's last Low Performer is Fugee's at 1514 East Broadway with 14 critical violations.

  • Potato salad and brisket were stored below 41 degrees.
  • Employees were unable to conduct basic hand washing procedures.
  • A tobacco spit cup was found in the food prep area.
  • There was improper thawing and storage of potentially hazardous food items.
  • Spices were left in open containers.
  • A refrigerator was unable to maintain potentially hazardous food items at 41 degrees or below.
  • No hand washing facilities were found in the food prep area.
  • Hand towels were missing from a hand washing station.
  • Roaches were found in the food prep area.
  • Unknown substances were found in the food prep area.
  • There were no apparent facilities for utensil or equipment clean up or sanitation.
  • There was an open and uncovered shower drain in the kitchen.
  • Cooling units were missing thermometers and no thermometers were available for measuring cooking temperatures.
  • There were soiled utensils found on food contact surfaces.

Other violations include no permit for food service and inadequate facilities for food preparation. Fugee's phones number was not listed in the phone book or with directory assistance.

When NewsChannel 11 went to Fugee's, no one was available for comment and there was a sign posted that said "closed for remodeling." the report states one critical violation was corrected on site.

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