Food for Thought Report 2.7 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/7/08

Food for Thought Report 2.7

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O.L. Slaton Middle School, Bean, Centennial and Dupre Elementaries all aced their health inspection with zero critical violations.

There are four top performers this week, but we find them all at the same address. From sweets to sweet-potatoes, fish to flour - four departments inside Wal-Mart at 6315 82nd Street were flawless. That includes the bakery, the fish and produce departments and the grocery items.

Inspectors did find one critical violation at Roscoe Wilson Elementary. A dirty spoon and two dirty knives were found with clean utensils. The items were moved to the dish washer.

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Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 2/7/08.

Now to our low performers. Carino's Italian Kitchen at 6821 Slide Road had six critical violations.

  • Cooked pasta and chicken used in salads were above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Lasagna was not at least 135 degrees.
  • Donuts were on a prep table and an uncovered drink was near food.
  • Cans were dented.
  • There was no certified food manager available.
  • Dirty glasses, utensils, a bowl and a broken knife were found stored with clean items.

Management says all violations have been corrected. The report states that all but one of the violations were corrected at the time of the inspection.

Durango's Downtown at 1602 Main Street also had six critical violations.

Manager Michael Guasp and head waitress Tammy Garcia walked us through the kitchen to show their customers that all the violations have been taken care of, "Our customers are very important to us. They are what keeps us in business," Tammy says.

Here's a look at those violations.

  • Taco meat was thrown out after it was found above 41 degrees.
  • Beans, rice, meat and carne asado were not properly heated.
  • A personal drink was on top of a microwave.
  • Salt was thrown out after debris was found in the container.
  • There was no soap at a hand sink.
  • Chipped plates and a cracked wooden spoon were thrown away. Dirty plates and utensils were with clean items.

According to the report, all violations were corrected during the inspection.

Tammy tells us that they are only open for lunch and cater to their fast-paced, hungry business patrons, "We try to get them in and out as fast as possible. We do try to keep everything as clean as possible and sufficient as possible."

Tammy adds, "We have awesome food. And our customers, we have plenty of regular customers that keep coming back, so yeah - that tells us that we do strive to have good food."

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