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Food for Thought Report 4.27

This week city health inspectors stepped into a whooping 56 food establishments bringing some good and some bad news.

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Food for Thought 4.27
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 4/27/06.

It's a short list of low performers tonight, but their list of violations isn't as small. But first we dish out a full-plate of Top Performers, here's a quick look at those: Acosta's at 701 E. 50th Street, Bless Your Heart at 3701 19th Street, Popeye's at 5725 82nd street, Taco Villa at 5139 80th Street and Taco Villa at 8212 Indiana. All are NewsChannel 11 top performers!

Now on to our low performers.

We begin at Appletree Cafe & Bakery at 3501 50th Street.

  • Inspectors say a hand sink was being used for purposes other than hand washing, dirty water was poured in the sink and a drink was found without a lid in the food prep area.
  • Employees were not using hand sanitizer or gloves when handling ready to eat foods.
  • Inspectors observed potential cross-contamination. They say soiled wiping clothes were not properly stored between uses, and then used to wipe down food contact surfaces. Also, chicken was found stored above ready to eat foods.
  • Products were not properly date marked, or had no date mark at all.

All violations were corrected on site.

Next J&J BBQ at 1306 Texas Avenue had four critical violations.

  • Raw eggs were found at 53 degrees. That's 12 degrees above the allowed 41 degrees.
  • An employee was observed washing their hands in a 3-compartement sink rather than a hand washing sink.
  • Another employee did not wash their hands, use hand sanitizer or gloves before handling ready to eat foods.
  • Dishes were being washed and rinsed, but not sanitized.

All violations were corrected on site.

And finally we head to 7-11 at 3402 University where inspectors found five critical violations.

  • Potentially hazardous food products were being held almost 20 degrees below the safe temperature of 140 degrees: including green chili taquitos at 127 degrees and several products on the grill between 127-and-133 degrees.
  • The hand sink was being used for purposes other than hand washing.
  • Thermometers were not properly calibrated.
  • Food contact surfaces were soiled. Inspectors found extreme mold buildup on soda nozzles and shut down the unit until it was cleaned. It was corrected in a follow-up inspection.

All other violations were corrected on site.

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