Food for Thought: 6/12 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Food for Thought: 6/12


Lubbock health inspectors paid a surprise visit to more than three dozen restaurants this week.

Two restaurants ended up on the low performer list, but one of them let us into their kitchen to show what had been corrected.

Health inspectors found nine critical violations at Furr's Cafeteria at 2817 S. Loop 289.

  • Potato salad and pasta salad were above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Employee swept the floor drain and then handled clean dishes without properly washing their hands.
  • An employee was chewing gum on the service line.
  • Cans of fruit were dented. This can lead to botulism.
  • Raw ground beef was stored above raw pork, and raw fish was stored above cooked salmon.
  • Toxic items were not labeled.
  • The dishwasher was not sanitizing.
  • Kitchen utensils and the inside of the ice machine were dirty.

The inspector notes, due to the number and nature of the violations food safety knowledge was not demonstrated.

The report shows all violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.

Next, inspectors found eight critical violations at Bistro by Rain at 9816 Slide Rd. General Manager Ali Soltani invited our cameras into their kitchen to show that everything has been corrected.

"Overall there were mistakes that we made, and we take our mission very seriously. We are proud of giving a good product with a good quality, and a safe product to our customers," Soltani said.

Here's a look at their violations:

  • Ham and tomatoes were above 41 degrees.
  • Hash browns, eggs and sausage were not at least 135 degrees.
  • An employee did not wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • An employee handled ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands.
  • There was an uncovered drink in the food service area.
  • Several ready-to-eat food items did not have a date mark.
  • Toxic cleaning items were not labeled.

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

"We do cleaning daily; our employees are trained and we will have more training for them after the inspection to make sure that they understand all that, because there was stuff wrong that day," Soltani said.

He tells us everything was corrected immediately, and the next time they make the list they expect to be at the top.

"We care about our customers, and we treat our customers like our family. We corrected the mistakes that we made and hopefully in the future we will be a Top Performer again," Soltani said.

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

Now to our only top performer. Yo Fresh Yogurt Café at 5510 4th served up a perfect score.

Click here to see the full report for this week.

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