Food for Thought: 6.13 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Food for Thought: 6.13


From burgers to BBQ, two popular restaurants are on the Food for Thought list this week - unfortunately though, they're both at the bottom.

We begin at Blue Sky at 4416 98th; health inspectors cited them with eight critical violations.

  • Chicken was not cooling properly.  This can allow for the growth of bacteria. 
  • Sliced tomatoes were thrown out because they were above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • An employee did not wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • An employee was not wearing gloves when handling lettuce.
  • The handle of a utensil was touch ready-to-eat chicken.
  • Glass cleaner was not labeled.
  • The dish wash machine was not sanitizing properly.
  • Due to the nature and number of violations the restaurant was cited for lack of food safety knowledge.

Management tells us everything was corrected during the inspection.

They say, "Cleanliness and food safety are our top priorities. We are working hard to be a top performer as we've been in our previous inspections."

Next we head down the street to Dickey's BBQ Pit at 5217 98th.

They also had eight critical violations.

  • Cooked chicken was not at least 135 degrees.
  • Cooked chicken and cooked beef were thrown out because they were not at the right temperature.
  • There were several open drinks in the kitchen.
  • Cooked turkey did not have a date mark.
  • There was no hot water in the women's restroom.
  • And no paper towels at the hand sink.
  • To-go containers were dirty.

And the inspector notes, due to the number and the nature of the violations - management did not demonstrate proper food safety knowledge.

Management tells us everything was corrected while the inspector was there.  The inspection notes that as well.

The full report is available here.

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