Food for Thought Report 1.25 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/25/07

Food for Thought Report 1.25

They are two of Lubbock's newest food establishments, and they happen to be the only places making appearances in Food for Thought. NewsChannel 11's Christy Moreland tells us, there was nothing grand about their openings.

Food for Thought 1.25
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 1/25/07.

New owner, new name, but still a low performer. Almost exactly one month ago, Swami Food and Gas, or Circle S, at 2012 North Ash had 9 critical violations - it's now the Pure Food Store. It did better in its most recent inspection, but still had 4 critical violations.

  • Fried chicken, corn dogs and sausage were between 111 and 129 degrees. Hot food must be at least 135 degrees.
  • A bowl was stored in a hand sink. The Lubbock Health Department states hand sinks are for hand washing only.
  • An employee did not wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • Toxic cleaners were stored next to and above food items.

The owner says all violations were corrected during the inspection. The report shows that as well.

Ginger Express Asian Diner has been open for about two weeks and already it's a low performer with five critical violations.

  • Cooked chicken and noodles were thrown out after the inspector found that they had not cooled properly. The cooling period for cooked foods is important because bacteria grows rapidly at room temperature which can lead to food borne illness.
  • On the buffet, fried chicken was found at 112 degrees and chicken and broccoli were found at 96 degrees. That's *39* degrees below the safe temperature of 135 degrees.
  • A cook handled raw meat then served vegetables with out washing his hands.
  • He also touched other food products, then used utensils and wiped his hands on his apron - never washing his hands.
  • Dented cans were found.

The manager was unavailable for comment, but the report shows all violations were corrected while the inspector was there.

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