Food for Thought: 4/17 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Food for Thought: 4/17


Dozens of Lubbock restaurants received a surprise inspection this week. Health inspectors were looking to see which kitchens were keeping clean.

KCBD NewsChannel 11's Christy Hartin tells us what they found

We start with a look at this week's top performers:

  • Comfort Inn and Suites at 5828 I-27
  • Domino's Pizza at 2113 50th
  • Jack and Jill doughnuts at 3301 98th
  • Manara Café at 3806 50th

Now to this week's low performers.

Maharaja Indian Cuisine at 5130 80th had seven critical violations.

  • Ready-to-eat rice was not cooling properly. This can cause bacteria to grow.
  • Ready-to-eat chicken was above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Employee did not wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • An employee handled ready-to-eat food items with their bare hands.
  • An employee's can of soda was stored in the ice. The handle of the ice scoop was in the ice.
  • Baked potatoes and cooked rice did not have a date mark.

The inspector noted, due to the nature and the number the violations management did not demonstrate food safety knowledge.

The report shows all violations were corrected during the inspection.

Big E's at 1802 Buddy Holly had eight critical violations.

  • Employees' drinks did not have lids.
  • Raw beef was stored above vegetables.
  • Ready-to-eat potato salad and salsa did not have a date mark.
  • A hand sink only had a slight trickle of hot water. Maintenance was called during the inspection.
  • The hand sink did not have soap or paper towels.
  • Stools were blocking access to the hand sink.
  • Both freezers were heavily soiled. Clean kitchen utensils were stored in a dirty container.

The report shows, due to the number and the nature of the violations the manager did not show food city knowledge.

The report shows all violations were corrected during the inspection.

Click here to see the full report for this week.

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