Food for Thought Report 2.26 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/26/04

Food for Thought Report 2.26

The kitchens of almost fifty food establishments were part of the inspection route this week. And what inspectors found has lead to a hefty edition of Food for Thought.

We start off our segment where many people start their day. Daybreak Coffee at 4210 82nd Street is a Food for Thought Top Performer with zero critical violations.

Food for Thought 2.26
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Next it's Earthgrains at 1950 Texas Avenue, also receiving zero critical violations.

America's drive-in is our next stop. Sonic at 4904 Indiana hops on top with a perfect score.

The United at 8010 Frankford Avenue is a full house of Top Performers. The coffee shop, deli, grocery, meat and seafood departments at the United all earn perfect scores.

Our first Low Performer is the deli inside United at 401 Slide Road. That's where four critical violations were found. Violations including:

  • Sour cream found on the salad bar at 50 degrees. Cold foods must be kept at 41 to 45 degrees or cooler.
  • Chicken was found on display at 125 to 135 degrees. Hot foods must be kept at 140 degrees or warmer.
  • Sanitizer was found at an inappropriate level.
  • A scoop found in flour was soiled.

NewsChannel 11 spoke with Mark Keefer, Director of Food Safety for United and he told us United is always committed to providing the highest quality food and that they appreciate the efforts of the health department in ensuring that quality. He said United has a good working relationship with the health department, and that they made all corrections before the inspector left the site, and they always strive to do so. He also said food safety is of the utmost importance to United. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

Next it's Great Wall at 1625 University with six critical violations.

  • Pasta was stored at 60 degrees. Cold food must be 41 to 45 degrees or cooler.
  • Good hygiene practices were not being used. Employees were observed eating from plates in the prep area, at the prep table on cutting boards.
  • Food was not found in sound condition. Raw beef was stored on soiled freezer racks in a reach in cooler.
  • Toxic chemicals were improperly used, chlorine levels were too strong.
  • A can opener was soiled with evidence of slime mold, a wiping cloth was stored on a cutting board, and an employees hat was found on a cutting board.
  • A walk in cooling unit was not accurately cooling to 41 degrees.

An employee at Great Wall took my name and number and told me she would have the owner call me regarding the inspection. After several hours I phoned the restaurant again for comment. No one answered the phone.

IHOP at 3911 South Loop 289 is next with six critical violations.

  • Food was being inadequately cooled. Gravy was found at 90 degrees.
  • There was improper cold hold of potentially hazardous food products. Eggs were found at 57 degrees and sour cream was found at 50 degrees.
  • There was cross contamination potential due to steaks stored over egg products and a dirty apron stored on a food prep table.
  • Toxic items were not properly stored. A chemical container with solution was stored with a slicer.
  • Thermometers were not provided in the milk machine, a thermometer in an ice cream freezer was not accurate and a food thermometer was not properly calibrated.
  • Food contact surfaces were not being properly maintained. Cutting boards were heavily soiled and had deep cuts and grooves, the inspection report said the cutting boards must be washed every four hours.

Director of Operations Wilbert Hardwell gave this statement: "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. We at IHOP are very concerned about the safety of our guests and do apologize for our mistakes." The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

Skillet's at 6622 I-27 had seven critical violations.

  • There was improper cold hold of hazardous food products. Eggs and buttermilk were found at 63 degrees.
  • There was improper hot hold of potentially hazardous food products. Mashed potatoes were found at 129 degrees.
  • The inspector witnessed inadequate hand washing. A cook was not washing hands between glove use.
  • A drinking container was found in the kitchen.
  • Onions were found with mold.
  • There was cross contamination potential due to ashes found on food contact surfaces and a personal item stored with food contact surfaces.
  • Food contact surfaces were found soiled. An omelet bowl was not clean, dirty food contact surfaces were found with clean dishes, and utensils were not maintained, some had coatings that were peeling.

The Manager at Skillet's told NewsChannel 11 everything was corrected right then and there. The report also shows everything was corrected on site.

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