Food for Thought Report 7.24 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/24/03

Food for Thought Report 7.24

Two and two is the name of the game this week. Two Top Performers and two Low Performers make up our report, so let's begin with those perfect scoring places in another edition of NewsChannel 11's Food for Thought.

Food for Thought 7.24
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 7/24/03.
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We start with some fishy business, in a good way. ACE Sushi at United at 401 Slide Road gets a perfect score making them a Food for Thought Top Performer.

Also on the top performer list; KFC at 6411 19th Street. They've turned in a finger lickin good , no make that perfect score.

Our first Low Performer this time is Texas Land and Cattle at 7202 Indiana with five critical violations.

  • There was improper reheating of potentially hazardous food products. Mashed sweet potatoes were found at 127 degrees--after 2 hours in a warmer, they should have been 165 degrees. Chili was found at 120 degrees and should be held at 140 degrees.
  • There was cross contamination potential--food storage in a meat cooler was not accurate; specifically, cooked and raw meats were stored together--the problem was corrected on site. Food product was not protected during storage; a flour bag was ripped open.
  • The date marking system was not properly maintained; there was a product with an expired date and a product with no date.
  • A toxic item was not properly labeled; a product labeled as "bleach water" was actually another product.
  • Food contact surfaces were not clean--there were soiled plates and utensils found on the serving line or in use.

The Manager at Texas Land and Cattle tells NewsChannel 11 they are working hard to get the restaurant exactly the way the health department wants it. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

Finally Moose Magoo's at 8209 University gets six critical violations.

  • There was improper cooling of a potentially hazardous food product. Boiled chicken breast was not properly cooled--it was found at a temperature 85 degrees after two hours. Spanish rice was not cooled properly--it was found covered inside a walk in at 97 degrees after one and a half hours.
  • There was improper cold hold of potentially hazardous food product. Chicken breast was found at 49 degrees after being thawed--it was left sitting at room temperature after running water was used for the thawing process.
  • Good hygiene practices were not in effect. An employee was storing a drinking container along with food contact surfaces, specifically with a slicer.
  • Cantaloupe was stored above other ready to eat foods--the cantaloupe was spoiled and leaking onto pasta packages.
  • The date marking system was not maintained--there was a product with an expired date, a product with no date and a product with too many allowed days.
  • Food contact surfaces were not clean or protected during storage. A dish room apron was stored with clean dishes and cutting boards were heavily soiled. The dry storage room was heavily soiled, there was peeling paint on the kitchen floor, areas of the floor were heavily soiled and wiping cloths were heavily soiled.

The Manager at Moose Magoo's told NewsChannel 11 they work really hard every day to meet and exceed health standards. He said they are aiming to be Top Performers after they're next inspection. The report shows all critical violations were corrected on site.

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