Food for Thought: 6/23/16 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Food for Thought: 6/23/16

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A switch up in this week's Food for Thought; after weeks of only top performers on the list there are two low performers on the menu this week.

We start at Pei Wei at 4210 82nd where inspectors found 11 critical violations.

  • Multiple cooked items in the walk-in cooler were not cooling properly. This can cause bacteria to grow. They were all thrown out. The cooler's ambient temperature was 50 degrees. It must be able to keep food 41 degrees or below.
  • Because the refrigerator wasn't working chicken, shrimp and rice were being held in a cold prep table, but they were above the safe cold temperature as well.
  • The cold hold table and the walk-in cooler were not working properly.
  • Cooked chicken was draining in a hand sink. Hand sinks are for hand washing only to prevent cross-contamination.
  • The dishwasher was not sanitizing.
  • The dish machine was spraying water on the wall and up into the air like a fountain.
  • The three-compartment sink was draining onto the floor.
  • Several employees' drinks did not have lids straws.
  • The handle of the sugar scoop was in the sugar.
  • Kitchen items were dirty.

The inspector notes that the manager did not demonstrate proper food safety knowledge and needs to be retrained in food safety procedures.

Most of the violations were corrected during the inspection.

Red Zone Cafe at 3602 Slide had nine critical violations.

  • Sausage patties and cooked potatoes, from the previous day, were above the safe cold temperature.
  • The ambient temperature of a reach-in cooler was above 41 degrees.
  • A dirty tray was stored over cut onions. A bag of bread was touching butter and lettuce.
  • An employee did not wash their hands after wiping sweat on their forehead. Employees did not wash their hands when returning from an outside walk-in cooler.
  • The thermometer in the reach-in color was broken.
  • Butter was stored on the floor in the walk-in cooler. Vector boxes were stored over clean utensils.
  • Spray chemicals were not labeled.
  • Surface areas in the kitchen were dirty or broken.

Most of the violations were corrected while the inspector was there.

Now to the good news.

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

  • Blue Oasis at 5217 82nd
  • Teasters at 4601 S. Loop 289
  • Wendy's at 6815 Milwaukee
  • Whataburger 2412 9th
  • Wing Stop at 1803 7th

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