Food for Thought Report 3.1 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/1/07

Food for Thought Report 3.1

We start at the top.

It's five stars for Lubbock ISD this week. Here's a look at the schools that made the grade.

Dupre, Overton, Ramirez, Roscoe Wilson and Wright Elementary Schools all get a zero in their last health inspection, but in this test that's good news.

82nd Street Cafe at 3416 82nd Street and Sugar Brown's Coffee at 4814 50th brewed up perfection. Making them both top performers.

Here's a look at the cafeterias with one critical violation.

  • Food contact surfaces were soiled at Bean elementary.
  • At Smith Elementary a toxic item was found near straws and aluminum cookware.
  • Hamburgers at Honey Elementary were 97 degrees. That's almost 40 degrees below the safe temperature of 135 degrees.
  • At Hutchinson Middle School, enchiladas were found below the hot hold temperature as well.
  • Shredded cheese at McWhorter Elementary was 60 degrees. Cold foods must be 41 degrees or colder.

Here's a look at the schools with two critical violations.

An employee at Murfee Elementary touched a door handle and then served hot pockets without gloves or washing their hands. Also, a can opener was soiled.

  • At Lubbock High School, lunch meat was 55 degrees. And multiple food items were found with an improper expiration date.
  • Shredded cheese was not 41 degrees or colder at Wolffarth Elementary, and inspectors found a dented can.

Food for Thought 3.1
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 3/1/07.

Now to the low performers.

Inspectors cited Tech Cafe at 3602 Slide with seven critical violations.

  • Hamburger patties were above the safe temperature of 41 degrees.
  • An employee's open drink was found near food contact surfaces.
  • An employee was not wearing gloves while handling food.
  • Raw meats were stored above ready to eat items presenting the potential for cross-contamination.
  • A cardboard crate of eggs was sitting on top of raw bacon and cooked ham. Plates were chipped and the microwave was not clean.
  • Refrigerators did not have thermometers, and there was no tip-sensitive thermometer for thin foods.
  • The menu did not include a consumer advisory about the consumption of undercooked foods.

Management says, "We had a couple of new people in, and we've gone over everything with the health inspector. Everything has been corrected." The report shows most violations were corrected during the inspection.

Next we head to China Star at 1919 50th Street. Inspectors found 7 critical violations there as well.

  • Multiple food items including: sushi, chicken, beef and eggs were all above 41 degrees.
  • Several hot items were as low as 105 degrees. They must be at least 135 degrees.
  • Five cans were dented.
  • Uncovered raw chicken was stored about raw meat.
  • Mouse droppings were found in an outdoor storage shed.
  • Plates were chipped.
  • There was no consumer advisory posting about the consumption of undercooked foods.

China Star says, "We strive to do our best, and at no time were our customers in harm's way." The report shows most violations were corrected on site.

Mama Josie's Kitchen at 318 N. University also had seven critical violations.

  • Rice did not properly cool and had to be thrown out.
  • Shredded cheese was above 41 degrees.
  • An employee did not wash hands when changing gloves.
  • Drinks without lids were found in the kitchen.
  • A can was dented.
  • Toxic items were stored near ready to eat foods.
  • Several food contact surfaces were soiled.

Management says, "We jumped on everything quickly and got it all corrected. We appreciate our inspector coming down so we could make sure everything is all right." The report show all violations were corrected during the inspection.

And we end at Hong Kong Restaurant at 4845 50th Street where inside, inspectors found nine critical violations.

  • About two-dozen refrigerated food items were found to be above 41 degrees - some as high as 70 degrees. That's almost a 30 degree difference.
  • Hot foods were found as low as 75 degrees. That's 60 degrees below the safe temperature of 135 degrees.
  • An inspector observed an employee wash their hands for 2 to 3 seconds. Twenty seconds is the minimum.
  • Employees were not following good hygienic practices.
  • A container of ricotta cheese was thrown out after inspectors noted that the lid bulging - which is a sign of spoilage. Flour and sugar containers were extremely soiled on the inside and outside. And several cans were dented.
  • Gloves with raw meat suck on them were found on top of celery in a cooler. A soiled plastic bag was touching clean dishes coming out of the dishwasher. A can opener was soiled. Particles were found in the flour and sugar bins. A sugar scoop had no handle.
  • Toxic items were found next to and on food contact surfaces.
  • Plastic forks were soiled.
  • There was no consumer advisory posting about the consumption of undercooked foods.

The owner of Hong Kong says, "We strive for a clean and comfortable dining environment for our customers. We recently remolded and have some communication issues with our new kitchen staff. These issues have been corrected." The report shows most violations were corrected while the inspector was present.

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