Food for Thought Report 4.26 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/26/07

Food for Thought Report 4.26

We begin at Chinese Kitchen at 5308 Slide Road.  Inspectors cited this popular Asian restaurant for six critical violations.

  • Chicken was reheated after it was found below 135 degrees.
  • An employee, who was on break at the time, did not wash their hands when touching food in an employee-only refrigerator.
  • Not all ready to eat foods were date marked.
  • A hand wash station was used for purposes other than hand washing.
  • The facility did not have a thermometer for thin foods.
  • A meat slicer was soiled.

Management says all violations have been corrected. They say, "We are working diligently with our new inspector to make sure our next inspection is flawless.  Of course our customers and food safety are our top priorities."

The report shows all violations, except for the thermometer, were corrected during the inspection.

Food for Thought 4.26
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 4/26/07.

Now to our next repeat low performer - Tech Café at 1524 50th Street had 9 critical violations.

  • Tomatoes were above the safe temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Chili was 115 degrees. It must be at least 135 degrees.
  • An employee did not adequately wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • An employee's drink was on a food contact surface.
  • Sliced ham did not have a date mark.
  • Dishes were washed, but not sanitized.
  • Multiple food contact surfaces were soiled, including: a can opener and a utensil bin, and bowls were cracked and chipped.
  • Lastly there was no consumer advisory posting about the consumption of under-cooked foods.

Management says all violations have been corrected. They say at no time was their food safety in jeopardy and they still have great food and great service.

The report shows all but one violation were corrected while the inspector was there.

And finally we head to Jin's Asian Buffet at 906 50th Street.  The now, three time low performer had 9 critical violation.

  • Beef, squid, crawdads, noodles, eggs and melons were found above the safe temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Grilled fish and chicken were between 102 and 127 degrees. They must be at least 135 degrees.
  • Employee drinks were found on food contact surfaces.
  • Cans were dented.
  • There was potential for cross contamination when a cook touched the handle of a scoop with their bare hands then the handle touched raw chicken.
  • Chicken was incorrectly date marked.
  • A bucket of sanitizer solution was not strong enough, and the dish washer sanitizer was almost four times the strength it needed to be.
  • There was no thermometer for thin foods.
  • An ice scoop was stored on a soiled surface.

Management says all violations have been corrected. They add, "this was their first inspection under new management, and now understand what they need to be doing."

The report states most violations were corrected during the inspection.

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