Food for Thought Report 7.18 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/18/02

Food for Thought Report 7.18

Rounding the bases, we pass by this week's only Top Performer. Home Plate Diner at 3515 50th St. gets a perfect score this week with zero critical violations. "We have high standards here at Home Plate Diner. I mean each employee knows what they're supposed to do and we try to keep them doing that from day to day," says Manager Paul Radloff. 

Radloff says he and the assistant manager have both graduated from the safe serve course, and they apply those policies to the restaurant. He also says this food temperature log book, which is updated three times daily helps make sure food is always at safe temperatures.

Radloff says it's all part of the game plan to make sure customers feel like their dining experience here is a winner. "That they have a clean restaurant when they come in, and that it's clean and presentable and you know it's just a good pleasant experience when they come in and dine with us."

Now on to the low performers. Starting at Samburgers at 4447 34th St. Inspectors found four critical violations.

  • Weiners and grated cheese being held at 48 degrees. Cold foods should be kept at between 41 and 45 degrees or colder.
  • Employees were found washing their hands in a dish sink.
  • A refrigerator was not working.
  • Damage made a counter difficult to clean. The counter was contaminated, then was not washed before it was finally sanitized.

Other violatons included shelves being lined with cardboard, damage to a ceiling fan in the dining area and missing end caps on light shields. The manager at Samburgers told us the refrigeration unit went out the night before the inspection. He also said everything has been corrected and they are in good shape.

Our other Low Performer is Sunie Oriental at 809 University. Inspcetors found four critical violations. Violations including:

  • Cold foods being held at improper temeratures. Pork shank was on display and stored at room temperature. It was then returned to a reach in cooler where it was held at 41 degrees.
  • A dented can was found on a storage shelf and mold was found on cucumbers.
  • Flies were found in the produce supply.
  • An employee was seen handling raw pork before handling vegetables at the service counter. The employee was instructed on proper handwashing technique.

Management at Sunie Oriental told NewsChannel 11 that because they only have one door at their restaurant, it's hard to control flies getting inside and when customers come in, sometimes, so do flies. They said they have put out several more fly traps to try and control the problem, and all other violations have been corrected.

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