Food for Thought Report 8.21 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/21/03

Food for Thought Report 8.21

There are two places on top this week, and three that are not. We begin with our top performers, places that offer early morning treats and prime cuts of meat. Here's this week's installment of NewsChannel 11's Food for Thought.

We start off with the Donut Depot at 3612 34th St. It's a story of sweet success at this early morning hot spot, with zero critical violations.

Our next Top Performer boasts two tops under the same roof, the coffee and food service and meat departments at United at 8010 Frankford both earn perfect scores.

The first of our three Low Performers is Burger King at 7006 University with five critical violations.

  • There was inadequate hand washing, an employee was not washing hands prior to handling ready to eat foods, specifically biscuits and buns.
  • Good hygiene practices were not being followed. Personal drinks were found on the food prep table and on a table with other food equipment and utensils.
  • An employee was not properly washing hands and then using hand sanitizer prior to handling ready to eat foods.
  • There was cross contamination potential due to improper storage of wiping cloths as well as improper concentration of sanitizer.
  • A hand washing sink had no paper towels.

The Manager at Burger King tells NewsChannel 11 everything was corrected on site and the staff has been keeping up with all of those corrections and staying on top of everything at the restaurant. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

Next it's Mamarita's at 6602 Slide with five critical violations.

  • Guacamole was found at 48 degrees and cheese was found at 47 degrees. Cold foods must be kept at 41 to 45 degrees or cooler.
  • A personal drink without a lid was found on top of shelves near the drive thru, and a personal drink was also found on the food prep table.
  • A cracked egg still inside the carton was found inside a reach in cooler.
  • There was cross contamination potential due to wiping cloths found on food prep tables, cups being used as scoops that were found in the food, and ice scoop found in the ice, food items in containers dripping onto other food items in a walk in cooler and raw eggs dripping onto uncracked eggs.
  • Beans and cooked potatoes were not date marked and chicken and beans were found with expired date marks.

The General Manager at Mamarita's did not wish to comment. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

Last on the list is Mi Tio's at 7412 University with six critical violations.

  • There was improper cooling of potentially hazardous food product. Carne guisada was found stored without being cooled to 70 degrees within two hours. The product was found covered in a walk in, it was removed and placed in an ice bath.
  • Cold hold of potentially hazardous food product was not maintained. Cheese was found at 65 degrees.
  • Hot hold of potentially hazardous food product was not maintained. Tamales were found at 80 degrees.
  • There was improper handling of ready to eat foods. A cook was handling lettuce and tomatoes without gloves or hand sanitizer.
  • There was cross contamination potential due to improper food storage in a walk in.
  • The date marking system was not accurate, product was misdated and product had too many days allowed for expiration.

The General Manager at Mi Tio's told NewsChannel 11 simple mistakes were made and that everything was corrected on site and they are in good shape now. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

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