Food for Thought Report 7.24 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/24/08

Food for Thought Report 7.24

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The sweet smell of perfection is once again baking up inside the kitchen at Bakery Creations.

"It's pretty exciting! We haven't had a perfect score in about four years now. It's been from something little. It gets kind of hard in a bakery because it gets really messy with the flour and the sugar and everything, but we really made big effort this year to step up and keep everything looking nice and clean," says Dustie Delashaw of Bakery Creations.

While it's what's in their batter at their 3414 82nd location that makes them popular with customers. "We do a lot of wedding cakes. We specialize in custom made cakes and baked goods. We're not a grocery store bakery. We're going to do something really fresh, something really fun and something original. We tell people, 'The sky is the limit. Whatever you want to do; We'll do it'," said Delashaw.

Our next repeat top performer is a beauty! Belle's Kitchen at 2013 N. Ash scores another flawless inspection.

It was a whopper of an inspection, but this new king reigns supreme with zero critical violations. Burger King at 6311 W. 82nd Street broils up its first perfect inspection.

Our final stop at the top once held a seat at the bottom of the list. El Gallito at 914 E. 34th Street gets a boost of confidence as they clean their way to the top.

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Here is a complete list of the restaurants and their violations for the week ending on 7/24/08.

Now to the bottom of our list - where both stops are repeat low performers.

Inspectors cited La Malinche at 1105 2nd Place with seven critical violations.

  • Rice sitting out on a counter and tomatoes in a cooler were above the safe cold temperature of 41 degrees.
  • Sausage had an expired date mark.
  • Cans were sharply dented.
  • The facility received three violations because of a hand sink. The report shows it was dirty.
  • A knife was in the hand sink.
  • There were no paper towels at a hand sink.
  • The sink was blocked by a cart making it inaccessible to employees. The report states that several utensils in the kitchen were dirty.

An employee told us all violations have been corrected. The report shows, all but one were corrected while the inspector was there.

Finally we head to multiple repeat low performer China Star. Inspectors found nine critical violations inside the restaurant at 1919 50th street.

  • Rodent droppings were found on a shelf in a storage area.
  • Grease droplets were falling from a vent hood into a wok. Condensation was dripping on boxes of meat and on trays of bread that were not covered. Raw chicken was stored over raw beef. Raw beef was thrown out after a pan of raw pork was placed into a pan of raw beef.
  • Chicken was not cooling properly - which can lead to food borne illnesses.
  • Cool food was not 41 degrees or below.
  • Chicken was not at least 135 degrees.
  • Cans were dented.
  • Employee's uncovered drinks were above a prep table.
  • Toxic items were on or above food contact surfaces.
  • The report states that numerous surfaces in the kitchen were dirty including the walls, floor and ceiling throughout the facility.

Management says all violations have been corrected. He added, "We value our customers tremendously. At no time were our customers in harms way, and as always we will continue to keep our customers health our top priority."

Management also says, "The rodent droppings were found in the storage shed outside of the restaurant."

According to the report, most of the violations were corrected during the inspection.

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