Food for Thought Report 11.27 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Food for Thought Report 11.27

We begin with Stewart elementary at 4815 31st St. The cafeteria gets straight 'A's' with a perfect score.

Smylie Wilson at 4401 31st is the next school on our list. They get one critical violation, beef patties were found in a warmer at 94 degrees. The patties had not been reheated to 165 degrees before being placed in the warmer. The report shows the violation was corrected on site.

Food for Thought 11.27
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On with this week's top performing restaurants. Starting with Bubble Tea Internet Cafe inside the South Plains Mall at 6002 Slide Road. They get a perfect score making them a Food for Thought top performer.

Next it's Hernandez Fajitas at 2323 Avenue K. They turn in a sizzling performance with zero critical violations.

Our first low performer this time is Hong Kong Super Buffet at 4845 50th Street. They get four critical violations.

  • Egg rolls were found at 132 degrees and egg foo young was found at 126 degrees. Hot foods should be kept at 140 degrees or warmer.
  • A personal drink was found stored above the food prep table.
  • Raw chicken was stored above raw beef inside a reach in cooler.
  • Soiled wiping cloths were stored on food prep counter. A can of WD-40 was stored above a hand washing sink.

The manager at Hong Kong told NewsChannel 11 all violations were corrected right away while the inspector was present and their customers were never in danger. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

The next low performer this time is Spanky's at 5405 Slide Road with four critical violations. Spanky's Owner Lisa west took us inside the kitchen to go through the violations and explain.

  • Guacamole was found at 50 degrees in a cold holding unit and sliced turkey was found at 56 degrees in a cold holding unit. West says the items are kept in this metal bin which is iced down twice a day to maintain proper temperatures. "Once we get through the lunch rush as you can imagine we have to re-ice everything."

    West says the inspector came before the second icing, and temperatures were off. "It wasn't at the temperature it should have been there's no doubt and that's why the icing procedure caught us right after lunch when we're ready to ice again.
  • A hand washing sink was being used to store scouring pads. "Actually what had happened they were in the process of cleaning and they got called back to the line and they left the scrub pad in the sink. We were actually cleaning the sink and it got left in there."
  • Raw chicken was stored in the same container with corn dogs. Raw chicken was stored above ready to eat food items. "Monte cristos and down here are corn dogs and apparently the gal that was back here working had two chicken breasts and when she put one back down it went on top of these but as you can see the corn dogs are concealed in a bag as well so there wasn't cross contamination but it was definitely a mistake on the employee's part and she has been disciplined and counseled."
  • A toxic item was found stored near a personal drink and near plates and containers. "This is where they were actually cleaning the sides of the fryers and all the stainless and when she sprayed she set the can over here and this is where the drinks go and this is where clean dishes are, so when she walked in this was sitting here."

    West says there is a separate area just for toxic item storage.

West also says she welcomes customers questions and concerns and above all, wants here customers to confident in Spanky's.

"We want our customers to be comfortable, keep the faith they've had in us. We've been doing this for 21 years. I always want you guys to come in because I want you to see we don't have anything to hide."

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