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Food for Thought Report 3.4

Every week NewsChannel 11's Food for Thought updates you on the health and safety violations found at local and county restaurants and food establishments, and that does include schools.

Food for Thought 3.4
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 3/4/04.
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This week Nat Williams Elementary at 4812 58th Street receives one critical violation.

  • Bologna with an expired date was found inside a reach in cooler.

The report shows the violation was corrected on site.

And now for this week's Top and Low Performing restaurants.

Hoot's Bagels at 8201 Quaker Avenue is our first perfect score to speak of. This popular Southwest Lubbock bagel shop is a Food for Thought Top Performer.

And if eating fresh if your thing, make a stop at Subway at 1129 East Loop 289. They receive zero critical violations this week.

Our first Low Performer is Chez Suzette at 4423 50th Street with four critical violations. Owner and Executive Chef Michael Priest sat down with us at the restaurant Thursday afternoon to go through the list one by one:

  • Peas that were found at 112 degrees.

" The peas were actually in a microwave that had gotten pushed to the back , they were from the day before and they would have been thrown out when we found them but she found them before we did, " said Priest.

  • Ready to eat food items were found with expired date marks inside a walk in cooler.

" Chez Suzette had a five day expiration date with our walk in 41 degrees or below. The city requires for a walk in 41 degrees or below seven days, but they do go by your expiration date. We would have had an extra two days if we would have gone by the city. "

  • Bottles of propane were stored near food product.

" The bottles of propane we use to do our creme brulee. It's a sealed container that was sitting next to some canned items and i personally thought a sealed container was okay but now that we know it will be stored with the other chemicals. "

  • A can opener was soiled.

" It was definitely just something that we overlooked and we will definitely not have that happen again. "

Priest says a post-meal check list has already been implemented at the restaurant. It's a list of all things that need to be taken care of to ensure safety and quality, and he says employees will go through the list every day to avoid any future problems.

" Chez Suzette has 30 great years in this community and we are embarrassed by this. It's something that we shouldn't have let slip up on it but did."

Priest says they have a good working relationship with their inspector and the health department and arrangements have already been made for the inspector to come in and work with the Chez Suzette staff. The inspection report shows that all violations were corrected on site.

The other Low Performer this time is Golden Corral at 5117 South Loop 289 with 4 critical violations:

  • Hot dogs were being held at 109 degrees; hot foods must be kept at 140 degrees or hotter.
  • A personal drink was found without a lid in the kitchen area, and a personal drink was stored in the food prep area.
  • A hand washing station was blocked by crates and cleaning equipment.
  • The tip of a can opener was broken.

The Owner of Golden Corral did not wish to comment on the inspection. The report shows all violations were corrected on site.

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