Food for Thought: 2/6 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Food for Thought: 2/6

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Health inspectors checked out dozens of Lubbock restaurants this week, making sure your favorite dining spots are keeping clean. KCBD NewsChannel 11's Christy Hartin dishes out what they found in this week's Food for Thought.

Here's a look at this week's top performers:

  • Rise N Shine Donuts at 1908 50th
  • A&W/Long John Silver's at 1101 50th
  • Maharaja Fine Indian Cuisine at 5130 80th
  • TNT Sports Grill at 906 50th
  • Edible Arrangements at 8215 University

Now to the bottom of the list.

China Star at 1919 50th had six critical violations.

  • An employee did not wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • An employee was drinking from an uncovered cup in the kitchen.
  • Multiple food items in the walk-in cooler were stacked incorrectly - posing the risk of cross contamination.
  • Brisket and shrimp did not have a date mark.
  • A toxic item was not labeled. A sanitizing solution was too concentrated.
  • Multiple items were dirty, including: soda nozzles, ice scoop and microwave.

The report shows all violations were corrected while the inspector was there.

Burger King at 6311 W. 82nd also had six critical violations.

  • Sliced tomatoes were above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Chicken was not at least 135 degrees.
  • An open package of ham did not have an expiration date.
  • There was no thermometer in a reach-in cooler.
  • There was an open drink in the walk in cooler.
  • The handle of a knife was melted. There were stickers and sticker residue on dishware.
  • The report shows all violations were corrected during the inspection.

George's at 6914 82nd had eight critical violations.

  • Raw chicken and eggs were above 41 degrees.
  • An employee handled raw foods then ready to eat foods without washing their hands or changing gloves.
  • An employee handled hamburger bums with their bare hands.
  • An employee used the hand sink to fill a pot of water.
  • Sharply dented cans were stored with good cans.
  • Raw foods were stored above ready to eat foods.
  • Several food items did not have an expiration date.

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

Management tells us everything was quickly corrected. The report shows that as well.

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