Food for Thought 10.17 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Food for Thought 10.17


There were two low performers this week. 

Health inspectors halted all food preparation at Ginger Express last week.

The facility at 5510 4th Street did not have any hot water making it impossible for employees to effectively wash their hands.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper hand hygiene may eliminate nearly half of all cases of foodborne illness and significantly reduce the spread of the common cold and flu.

Eleven other critical violations were found during the inspection.

  • Cooked wontons and broccoli were thrown out because they were above 41 degrees.
  • Many employee drinks were found throughout the kitchen. Dirty dishes were in a hand sink.
  • An employee did not change their gloves when switching tasks.
  • Lettuce and celery were moldy.
  • There were multiple issues of cross contamination. Raw shrimp was stored above ready to eat sauces. Raw chicken was above raw beef and an open can of tomato sauce.
  • Chicken, cooked rice and egg rolls did not have a date-mark.
  • Medication was stored in a refrigerator with ready to eat food.
  • Employees were washing dishes without sanitizing them.
  • The ice machine was heavily soiled and numerous kitchen utensils were dirty or broken.
  • The report shows that due to the number and the nature of the violations, management did not show sufficient food safety knowledge.

According to the report, all other violations were corrected during the inspection.

A re-inspection report shows the hot water has since been fixed and management tells us everything has been corrected.

Now to our next low performer.

Jack in the Box at 5110 98th Street was cited with seven critical violations.

  • Sliced tomatoes were thrown out because they were above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • An employee did not properly wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • An employee used water from the hand sink to fill a pitcher.
  • Ready to eat foods weren't date-marked or were held past the allotted seven-day period.
  • A cleaning solution had no sanitizer.
  • The microwave was dirty and kitchen utensils were broken or dirty.
  • According to the report, management did not show proper food safety knowledge.

Management tells us everything has been corrected and the report shows that as well.

Now to the top of the list where we find two repeat top performers.

Gator's Bayou at 5217 98th Street cooks up Cajun with a huge helping of perfection.

And America's favorite drive-in is scoring big points with the health department as well.

Sonic Drive In at 7220 Quaker skated through their inspection with a perfect score.

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