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Food for Thought: Bare hands caught at sushi spot

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Health inspectors had a busy week. They inspected more than eighty Lubbock restaurants this week to make sure the food you and your family is served is safe to eat. Health inspectors were not impressed with two very popular Lubbock restaurants this week. The report advises our first low performer to discontinue their food services until a violation is corrected, and our other low performer is a Hub City sushi hot spot that got caught not washing their hands. We'll start there.

Hayashi Japanese Restaurant at 4220 82nd has 6 critical violations. First, raw eggs were not at the safe cold temperature. Employees were not washing and drying their hands properly. They were also handling raw vegetables bare-handed and they do not have a bare-hand contact policy. Unlidded drinks were stored on prep tables and ice was inside the hand sink in the sushi prep area. Raw beef was stored above vegetables in a reach-in cooler; this poses the risk for cross contamination. Several food contact surfaces were dirty: a can opener was soiled, clean utensils were stored on a cloth towel in the sushi area, and there was slime and mildew in the ice machine. The report shows that all of these violations were corrected during the inspection.

Our next stop just switched ownership, Manna Bread and Wine at 2610 Salem has seven critical violations. Raw ground beef and rice were both not at the safe cold temperature. Employees were switching gloves without washing their hands. Raw pork was stored over tortillas; this poses the risk for cross contamination. Several items were not date-marked correctly. The hand sink in the food prep area was disconnected. Restaurants must have a hand sink in the food prep area. A container of salsa had a cracked lid and the container holding utensils was dirty. Their last violation, however, is the one inspectors took most seriously. The only available hand sink was under repair at the time of the inspection meaning there was nowhere for employees to wash their hands except for the restroom. This last violation sparked inspectors to advise Manna to discontinue their food services until the hand sink is repaired. Health inspectors went back for a second look behind their kitchen doors a day later, and found that Manna had followed up and fixed all of those violations. We talked to management who said that their switch in ownership threw them off a bit but they are now backing on track and in compliance.

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