Food for Thought Report 9.28 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/28/06

Food for Thought Report 9.28

Whether your child's school cafeteria has any violations or is a top performer you can be sure every Thursday on NewsChannel 11 at 6 we'll dish out the details of the schools inspected.

This week, Arnett Elementary School at 701 E. Queens Avenue, Martin Elementary School at 2315 E. Broadway and Rush Elementary School at 4702 15th Street all get gold stars this week for perfect health inspections.

And it's not only LISD that gets inspected, Lubbock Christian concession at 2604 Dover Avenue is also shining - with zero critical violations.

It's a quick stop at "America's Drive-in" as Sonic at 101 N. University perfects their health inspection with zero violations, and Williams Chicken at 3017 Idalou Road has something to celebrate...zero violations and a perfect score.

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Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 9/28/06.

Two schools needed some improvement this week.

Guadalupe Elementary School at 101 N. Avenue P had one critical violation.

  • Thermometers there were not properly calibrated.

Java City, a coffee shop inside Coronado High School at 3307 Vicksburg, also had one critical violation.

  • A hand sink is not connected directly to the sewer so employees can not use it.

A representative for Aramark School Support Services says all violations have been corrected.

Now on to our low performing Lubbock restaurants.

Lubbock's Breakfast House at 7006 University had four critical violations.

  • Cheese was found at 47 degrees, and ham was found at 49 degrees. Cold foods must be 41 degrees or colder. Management says, both items were refrigerated at the time, but were close to a heat source - that has since been corrected.
  • Products were not marked with an expiration date.
  • The correct type of thermometers were not provided for certain types of food. Management says thermometers were provided, but the correct ones are now being used.
  • Food contact surfaces were soiled, including: a container and the ice machine.

Management at Lubbock's Breakfast House says, "These were some issues we were dealing with from when we first opened and the previous restaurant."

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

The owner of the restaurant previously located in the same building as Lubbock's Breakfast House contacted NewsChannel 11, she says there are definitely some building issues because it's an old building, but that shouldn't be any reflection on the previous occupant.  She also adds that she dealt with the same issues, but as a tenant took care of those issue.  She says when any tenant comes into a leased building it is their responsibility to address any issues that will effect their business and operation.

Next, McDonald's at 2433 S. Loop 289 had four critical violations, including:

  • Eggs at 59 degrees and liquid eggs at 65 degrees - that's 24 degrees above the safe temperature.
  • Employees were not washing their hands between job duties, prior to putting on new gloves and were not changing gloves.
  • An employee was chewing gum in the food prep area.
  • Soda nozzles and the interior of an ice machine were found extremely soiled.

Management at McDonald's did not want to comment. The report shows all violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.

And finally La Michoacano Meat Market and Taqueria at 2131 Clovis Road had six critical violations.

  • Beans, cooked meat, guacamole, sausage and lunch meat were all above 41 degrees.
  • Pork was holding between 116-125 degrees. Hot foods must be 140 degrees or hotter.
  • Employees were not properly washing their hands before putting on gloves.
  • Bowls were found in a hand wash sink, hand wash sinks are for hand washing only.
  • Toxic cleaners were stored near food and dishes and on a food prep table.
  • Tongs were found on a soiled surface.

We contacted management at La Michoacano, they did not return our phone call. The report shows most violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.

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