Food for Thought: 4/5

Food for Thought: 4/5
Source: KCBD Graphic

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Health inspectors checked-out dozens of Hub City eateries looking to see who's keeping clean and who needs to clean-up.

KCBD NewsChannel 11's Christy Hartin serves up what they found in this week's edition of Food for Thought.

China Star at 1919 50th had 16 violations.

  • Raw chicken was above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Raw and ready-to-eat food were not stored properly. This poses the risk of cross-contamination. An ice container was soiled.
  • Dirty containers were stored with clean containers. The 3-compartment sink was not sanitizing.
  • Multiple dented cans were found throughout the facility. This can lead to botulism.
  • Spray bottles at the drink station we're not labeled.
  • Knives were chipped, and utensils were stored in a cardboard box.
  • They were open gaps in the two back doors.
  • An employee's drink did not have a lid.
  • Multiple uncovered boxes of food and containers for stored on the floor. Pipes in the walking cooler and under the sink were leaking.
  • Bulk containers of food were not labeled.
  • Gaskets on all the coolers were damaged. Wet containers were stacked together and not allowed to air dry.
  • The vents above all grills were dirty.
  • Multiple non-food contact surfaces were heavily soiled including: under the grills, all of the sinks, fans in the freezers, the work area and the soda machine.
  • Floor tiles were broken and there was a hole in the ceiling.
  • Employees who cook and handle food did not have food handler certificates.
  • Certified food manager certificate had expired.

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

The report shows many of the inspections were corrected while the inspector was there. It also notes, the facility was charged a reinspection fee because of the number of repeat violations.

Now to the good news. Here's a look at this week's top performers.

  • Caprock Cafe at 5217 82nd
  • Platform Restaurant at 1212 Ave. K

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