Food for Thought Report 9.11 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/11/03

Food for Thought Report 9.11

Inspectors had 14 local kitchens on the agenda this week. The report includes on school, one Top Performer and two Pow Performers. Let's get to it in this edition of Food for Thought.

We begin in the cafeteria at O.L. Slaton Junior High School at 1602 32nd Street. That's where one critical violation was found. Manual sanitizing was not found at correct levels. The report shows the violation was corrected onsite.

Food for Thought 9.11
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Moving on to this week's restaurants--Tropical Icy at 1701 East Broadway is a Food for Thought Top Performer this time with zero critical violations.

The first of this week's Low Performers is Azteca at 2722 50th Street with four critical violations.

  • There was improper cold hold of potentially hazardous food product. Eggs were found at 73 degrees--cold food must be kept at 45 degrees or colder. The product was discarded.
  • There was improper reheating technique. Chicken and squash mixture was not being properly reheated, it was not reheated to 165 degrees and the steam table was not holding at 165 degrees.
  • There was cross contamination potential due to improper use of wiping cloths and improper food storage arrangement, specifically chicken stored over beef and meat products stored over salad.
  • The date marking system was not accurate. Products must have an expiration date and products can be held for 7 days including the date it was made. A product had no date and a product had no expiration date.

The Manager at Azteca did not wish to comment on the inspection. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

Next on the list is Subway at 5816 4th Street with five critical violations.

  • Ham and turkey were found at 52 degrees in a storage compartment on the ordering line, cold foods must be 45 degrees or colder.
  • Potentially hazardous ready to eat foods were not dated.
  • The soap dispenser in the men's restroom was empty.
  • Spray bottles were not labeled.
  • The thermometer in the walk in cooling unit was not accurate, it read 50 degrees and must be 45 degrees or colder.

Subway issued this statement to News Channel 11: " All violations were corrected immediately while the city inspector was in the restaurant. Subway strives to produce a quality product in a safe and sanitary manner. In our efforts to achieve these goals, we have in place self inspections completed by our general managers twice monthly and a monthly inspection completed by our office. Our company has in place policies and procedures to avoid these type of violations. Unfortunately errors were made on our part and have been corrected." The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

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