Food for Thought Report 12.28 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/28/06

Food for Thought Report 12.28

We start with this week's top performers:

  • United Market Street at 4205 98th
  • Eagle Academy at 3501 50th
  • Bayless Elementary at 2115 58th
  • Parsons Elementary at 2811 58th
  • Atkins Jr. High at 5401 Avenue U
  • Monterey High School at 3211 47th 

Food for Thought 12.28
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 12/28/06.

Six schools were found with one violation:

Spoons were found soiled at Haynes Elementary at 3802 60th Street and at Murfee Elementary at 6901 Nashville Dr.

Food contact surfaces were soiled at Waters Elementary at 3006 78th Street and Wheelock Elementary at 3008 40th Street.

Inspectors found ham with no expiration date at Brown Elementary at 2315 36th.

At Maedgen Elementary at 4401 Nashville a product was also found with no expiration date.

Evans Junior High at 4211 58th street had two violations.

  • Ham was found with an expired date mark.
  • Thermometers were provided, but not properly calibrated.

The reports show all violations were corrected during the inspections.

Chimy's Cerveceria at 2417 Broadway had four critical violations.

  • Raw beef, raw fish, milk, tomatoes and salsa were above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Cooked onions and bell peppers were 107 degrees. They must be at least 135 degrees.
  • A personal drink without a lid was found in the ice machine and next to food contact surfaces.
  • The women's restroom did not have accessible paper towels.

Mi Tierra at 4102 34th Street was cited for six critical violations.

  • Raw chicken was 56 degrees. It must be at 41 degrees or colder.
  • Cooked sausage was between 122 and 125 degrees. Must be at least 135 degrees.
  • An employee washed their hands in a sink not designated for hand washing.
  • A hand wash sink did not have paper towels.
  • The incorrect type of thermometers were used.
  • Multiple food contact surfaces were found soiled.

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

La Malinche at 1105 2nd Place had 7 critical violations.

  • Food was not properly cooled.
  • Cheese and eggs were 48 degrees instead of 41 degrees or colder.
  • An employee was eating in the food prep area and using an apron as a towel.
  • There was no hot water in the restrooms.
  • Flour was stored with non food and potentially toxic items.
  • Thermometers were not accurate.
  • Pans, bins, buckets and a mixer were heavily soiled.

After several attempts, no one answered our calls to La Malinche. The report shows three of the violations were corrected during the inspection.

Five time top performing MLK Burger at 107 Beech Avenue finds itself on the low performing list for the first time ever with eight critical violations.

  • Employees did not wash their hands before preparing food.
  • A drink was on a prep table without a lid.
  • A can of Hershey's syrup was dented.
  • Employees were not following guidelines to handle food with bare hands.
  • Bleach water used to sanitize was too strong.
  • A cooler did not have a thermometer.
  • To-go boxes near the cooking area were soiled.
  • No Heimlich poster was displayed.

The owner says he has been very short-handed during the holidays, but food safety is always their top priority. He says all violations have been corrected. The report shows all but two were corrected during the inspection.

Swami Food and Gas at 2012 North Ash had nine critical violations.

  • Corn dogs were discarded after found at 112 degrees. Must be at 135.
  • An employee did not wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • An open beverage and a partially eaten burrito was found next to cheese used for sandwiches in food prep area.
  • There was no toilet paper in the restroom.
  • A bucket of towels was in a hand sink.
  • There was no soap at a hand sink in the restroom. And no paper towels at the hand sink in the food prep area.
  • There were no thermometers to check certain types of food.
  • The cutting board and slicer were not being cleaned every four hours.
  • The inspector closed the restroom due to water coming up through the tiles. It cannot be re-opened until it is repaired.

Management says the repairs have been made and the restroom is now re-open. He says all other violations have been corrected. The report shows most were corrected during the inspection.

Taqueria Jalisco at 2211 Avenue Q is now a three-peat low performer with 9 critical violations.

  • An employee did not wash their hands before handling food.
  • Employees' uncovered drink were found in food prep and service areas.
  • Several dented cans were found with canned goods.
  • Employees were not following guidelines to handle food with bare hands.
  • A bag of raw chicken was thawing on top of a bag of raw beef. Raw meat was stored above produce in a cooler.
  • There was no hot water in the employee's men's restroom or the upstairs restrooms.
  • A dish washing machine was not sanitizing properly.
  • An outdoor sewage clean out cap was broken.
  • Several food contact surfaces were found soiled.

Management says violations have been corrected. There is no note of corrections on the report.

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