Food for Thought Report 11.2 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/2/06

Food for Thought Report 11.2

Make it two scoops for Cafe Gelato at 5903 82nd St. They received their second top performing recognition and are this week's only top performer.

Food for Thought 11.2
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 11/2/06.

There's something in common with all three of these restaurants and it's not perfection - it's five critical violations.

We start at Texas Roadhouse at 4810 South Loop 289.

  • Personal drinks were found on a meat slicer.
  • Gnats and brown specks were found in an ice bin.
  • A hand sink did not have water.
  • Sanitizer was found near food products.
  • Bins and plates were soiled. The ice machine and soda machine nozzles had mold.

Management says all violations have been corrected. The report shows that as well.

Next up is Pete's Drive-In at 4156 34th Street.

  • Chili did not properly cool and had to be discarded.
  • Raw chicken, beef and ham and ice cream mix were found between 46 and 47 degrees. Cold foods must be 41 degrees or colder.
  • The walk-in cooler was not maintaining a temperature of 41 degrees or below.
  • Spray cleaner was not labeled.
  • The Heimlich maneuver poster was not visible.

Management says, "They want everyone comfortable knowing everything is correct." The report shows two of the violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.

And finally O'Hana Japanese Steak House at 5217 82nd Street.

  • Eggs on a cart were found at 68 degrees. That's more than 27 degrees above the safe temperature of 41 degrees.

Management at O'Hana says a refrigerator was not working properly so they were in the process of moving food when the inspection began.

  • Personal drinks without lids were found in the food prep area.
  • Raw beef was stored above shrimp and scallops. Raw chicken was stored by salad. Both present the potential for cross-contamination.

Management says the salad was put in the wrong cooler and should have been placed in the "vegetable only" refrigerator.

  • Wontons, egg rolls and fried chicken strips were found with an expired or incorrect date mark.
  • A hand sink was blocked.

Management says, "Everything was corrected while the inspector was there." The report shows that as well.

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