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3/6/08

Food for Thought Report 3.6

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This week's Food For Thought report begins with Texas Land and Cattle at 7202 Indiana.  Health inspectors cited the steak house with 11 critical violations.  

  • Buttermilk sitting out on a counter was 53 degrees. Shredded cheese, tomatoes and enchiladas were also above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Smoked meat, also sitting on a counter top, was 72 degrees. Meat in the smoker was 120 degrees.  Hot foods must be at least 135 degrees.
  • There was no soap or paper towels at a hand sink.
  • An employee dumped water in a hand sink and also used the sink to clean wash cloths.
  • The report states very soiled wiping cloths were on various food contact surfaces.
  • Several cans were dented and rusted.
  • An unknown solution was found with kitchen utensils.
  • The restaurant did not have a certified food manager.
  • Refrigerators did not have thermometers, and there was no thermometer for food.
  • According to the report, silverware was very soiled. A slicer and microwave were also dirty.
  • A Heimlich poster was not visible, and there was no consumer advisory about eating under-cooked meats.

Management says all violations have been corrected. According to the report most were corrected at the time of the inspection.

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Food for Thought 3.6
Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 3/6/08.

Our next low performer is a previous top performer, but during their last health inspection they found nine critical violations at Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies at 6015 82nd.

  • Shredded cheese was above 41 degrees.
  • Chili in a warming unit was only 49 degrees; that's almost 90 degrees below the safe temperature of 135.
  • Cooked chili did not have a date-mark.
  • Toxic items are stored next to food.
  • The inside of the ice machine was rusted.
  • An uncovered drink was on a prep table.
  • There was no soap at a hand sink.
  • The report states that kitchen utensils, cooking equipment and the bread machine were all "very" soiled.
  • The was no certified food manager.

Management says all violations have been corrected. They say they do have a certified food manager, but could not locate the certificate during the inspection.  All other violations were corrected while the inspector was there.

Our next stop is Taco Bueno at 5727 82nd Street, but according to the health department not everything was good in their latest inspection. They had six critical violations.

  • Tomatoes, shredded cheese, refried beans and Pico de Gallo were above the safe cold temperature.
  • An employee did not wash their hands before putting on gloves.
  • Sponges used to clean counters were in the hand sink.
  • There was no soap at the hand sink.
  • The soda machine nozzles were very dirty
  • The restaurant did not have the correct type of food thermometer.

The manager we spoke with says she bought a digital thermometer right after the inspection.  According to the report, the rest of the violations were corrected during the inspection.

Four schools had one critical violation a piece.

  • There was no certified food manager available at Maedgen Elementary.
  • At Overton Elementary, a dirty knife was stored with clean ones.
  • A rusted cheese grater was thrown away at Ramirez Elementary.
  • At Hutchinson Middle School, hamburgers were not at least 135 degrees.

Now to this week's 10 shining stars.

All Saints School and South Plains Academy served up perfection.

Five elementary schools were also flawless this week, including:

  • Jackson Elementary
  • Tubbs Elementary 
  • Wester Elementary
  • Wheelock Elementary
  • White Side Elementary

Coronado High School and its catering department delivered perfect scores.

And finally a home run for the Coronado Baseball Concession Stand.

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