Food for Thought Report 5.9 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/9/02

Food for Thought Report 5.9

This Thursday night, we've got a half dozen area food establishments to tell you about. Inspectors checked inside the kitchens of 17 local places and out in the county they ventured into 12 others. In all they drummed up three top performers and two low performers.

Our top performing list begins with Jack and Jill donuts at 7803 University is also a Top Performer with a perfect score.

If extra cheese is what you're hungry for, you might want to pay a visit to Papa Johns at 4142 19th Street. They toss up a perfect score as well with zero critical violations.

Out in the county, an area grocery store is 4 times the top performer. The grocery, meat, food center and frozen foods departments at Myers at Highway 6282 and Elm in Wolfforth all received zero critical violations.

Now on to this weeks low performers. Whataburger at 8226 University is where inspectors found four critical violations.

  • Hot foods found at improper temperatures. Eggs were found at 124 degrees, and a sausage and egg mixture was found at 128 degrees. Hot foods should be kept at a minimum of 140 degrees.
  • There was improper handling of ready to eat foods.
  • Inspectors also found potential for cross contamination. Broken eggs were found stored above shelled eggs and there was handling of both raw and cooked foods on the food prep line.
  • Food contact surfaces were soiled. An ice container was dragged across the floor and then placed on a food prep surface, then that surface was not sanitized.

Other violations include a soiled reach in freezer, a soiled floor inside a walk in freezer and a soiled floor inside a walk in unit. The report also states there was evidence of smoking in a back room, there were no ash trays, just ashes on some boxes below the counter.

The manager at Whataburger told us all violations were corrected on site and there was a training session the same day of inspection to make sure all employees were up to speed on policies and procedures. He said they run a good operation, they just made some simple mistakes and they are the best run and cleanest Whataburger in town. The inspection report shows all violations were corrected on site.

Our next low performer is Skillets at 6622 I-27. Inspectors found seven critical violations. Those included:

  • Improper cooling of food products, gravy was being held at room temperature to cool.
  • Cold foods were being held at improper temperatures, sausage patties were found at 57 degrees and diced ham was found at 59 degrees. Cold foods must be held at a minimum of between 41 and 45 degrees.
  • Inspectors found unsound food products--spoiled strawberries were found inside a reach in unit.
  • There was improper handling of ready to eat foods, food was found being handled without utensils or sanitized hands.
  • There was cross contamination potential in a walk in cooler. Lunch meat was found stored with raw beef.
  • There was no date marking system in place.
  • A thermometer was not provided in all cooling units.

Other violations included improper lighting in a walk in cooler, a heavily soiled floor in a walk in freezer and improper storage of lettuce.

The manager at Skillet's told us all violations were corrected on site. The inspection report states that as well.

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