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Lawrence County Health Department inspects restaurants in July

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Environmental Services division of the Lawrence County Health Department inspected 36 area food service establishments during the month of July. Of that group, 36 establishments had critical violations, three had no critical or non-critical violations and nine had only non-critical violations.

Facilities having only non-critical issues included: Fat Bradley's Gourmet Hotdogs, Heritage Harmony House, K Highway Liquor, Jim Carr Oil Co., Richard's Hawg Wild BBQ and Cannon and Patty's Tavern, all of Aurora; and Subway, Triple S Concession and Lawrence County Jail, all of Mt. Vernon.

Facilities having no violations included: Coca-Cola Warehouse, Modern Variety and Herrell's Ice, all of Aurora.

Critical violations were found at 24 establishments:

* Sonic Drive-In in Monett was subject to a complaint inspection July 11 and three critical violations were found. Numerous flies were found throughout the facility; dried food was stuck inside a dicer unit; and dried food was stuck to tongs. Eight non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection July 14, one critical violation was found. Open food containers were stored in the walk-in freezer and refrigerator. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Nae's Diner in Pierce City was subject to a complaint inspection on July 5 and one critical violation was found. A package of cigarettes was found on the food prep table. Seven non-critical violations were found.

* Casey's General Store #1054 in Pierce City was subject to a complaint inspection July 21 and two critical violations were found. Live flies were on the equipment, cutting board and food contact surfaces throughout the food service area; and one door on the pastry distributing cabinet would not close, allowing flies to enter. Six non-critical violations were found.

* Town and Country Supermarket in Pierce City was inspected July 19 and one critical violation was found. The lid on a deep freezer was in disrepair. Two non-critical violations were found.

*Price Cutter in Aurora was subject to a complaint inspection on July 5 and one critical violation was found. Two types of over-the-counter drugs were outdated. One non-critical violation was found.

* McDonald's in Aurora was subject to a complaint inspection July 5 and four critical violations were found. Numerous flies were observed throughout the facility; food debris was on utensils and utensil containers stored with clean equipment; the back door was fixed in an open position; and dried food debris was on the can opener cutting blade. Seven non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection July 7, one critical violation was found. The lemon dicer was in need of cleaning. Seven non-critical violations were found.

* Aurora Family Restaurant was subject to a complaint inspection on July 15 and eight critical violations were found. Numerous flies were observed throughout the facility; food was stuck to the grooves on the meat slicer; ice accumulation was on foods in the walk-in freezer; hot dogs were not wrapped and stored on a freezer shelf; an energy drink was sitting on a shelf near food products; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket was in excess of 200 parts per million; and the employee hand sink was being used as a food prep sink; upon arrival, there was no person in charge of food service operations. Five non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection July 22, seven critical violations were found. Sanitizing agent registered zero parts per million in the wiping cloth bucket; dried food debris was stuck to the dicer; an open employee drink was sitting on a shelf with clean dishes; flies too numerous to count were outside the back door; open food containers were in the walk-in refrigerator; tongs were not being washed, rinsed, sanitized and stored in the proper manner; and the employee hand sink was inaccessible. Ten non-critical violations were found.

* Superior Food Mart in Aurora was inspected July 26 and three critical violations were found. A spray arm on the dishwashing machine was leaking; dried debris was on the can opener cutting blade; and an open employee drink cup was on the work table in the kitchen. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Mercy St. John's Hospital Cafeteria in Aurora was inspected on July 26 and one critical violation was found. Dried debris was on the splash area of the mixer. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Pao's Chinese Restaurant in Aurora was inspected on July 26 and one critical violation was found. The hot water was turned off at the employee hand sink. One non-critical violation was found.

* The Blackbird Grill in Aurora was subject to a complaint inspection on July 27 and six critical violations were found. Mold growth was found in the soda dispenser unit; the wall-mounted French fry dicer was in need of cleaning; the employee hand sink was inaccessible due to utensils stored in the sink; encrusted debris was built up on the barbecue grill; food containers were stored in an open bowl of salad in the prep refrigerator; and mold growth was inside the ice machine. Three non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection July 29, one critical violation was found. A spigot on the three-vat sink was leaking. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Mt. Vernon Family Restaurant was subject to a complaint inspection on July 5 and eight critical violations were found. Flies and maggots in the dumpster were too numerous to count; insecticide was stored with clean aprons; meat was thawing on the work table at room temperature, partially thawed; an open employee drink container was on the food prep table; mold was in the ice machine; dried debris was on the meat slicer, can opener and pie slicer; employee hand cream was stored on the work table in the clean utensil storage area; and several live flies were on the chairs in the break area. Seven non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on July 6, five critical violations were found. Meat was thawing on a work table at room temperature; an open employee drink container was in the dishwashing area; mold was in the ice machine; several flies were on chairs in the break area; and food debris was stuck on three food scoops that were stored with clean equipment. Five non-critical violations were found. A subsequent inspection on July 15 revealed four critical violations. Gravy in a large container was not held to proper temperature; an open employee drink container was on the work table; food tongs were not being washed and were being hung on door handles between uses; and soiled wiping cloths were stored on a work table instead of in the sanitizing bucket between uses. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Taco Bell in Mt. Vernon was inspected July 7 and one critical violation was found. The spray arm on the three-vat sink was leaking. Six non-critical violations were found.

* McDonald's in Mt. Vernon was subject to a complaint inspection on July 7 and three critical violations were found. An active fly infestation was in the dishwashing area; soiled wiping cloths were not being sanitized between uses; and open food containers were in the walk-in freezer. Nine non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection July 15, three non-critical violations were found.

* Red Barn Restaurant and Bakery in Mt. Vernon was inspected July 8 and four critical violations were found. The spray arm on the three-vat sink was leaking; chlorine residual in the three-vat sink in the bakery was in excess of 200 parts per million; debris was on tongs stored with clean equipment; and a basting brush in the bakery was in disrepair. Seven non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection July 18, one critical violation was found. Sanitizing agent in the final rinse of the dishwasher registered at zero parts per million. One non-critical violation was found.

* Bud's Donuts in Mt. Vernon was inspected July 8 and three critical violations were found. The small oven was in need of cleaning; a basting brush in the bakery was in disrepair; and gravy in the hot holding unit was not at proper temperature. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Summer Fresh Market deli and bakery in Mt. Vernon were inspected July 8 and one critical violation was found. An open employee drink was on the food prep table.

* El Azteca in Mt. Vernon was inspected July 12 and five critical violations were found. Steak in the hot holding unit was not at proper temperature; an employee drink cup was stored in the walk-in cooler; dried food debris was stuck to the can opener cutting blade; the ice cream scoop was in need of cleaning; and food spillage was in the bottom of the utensil storage container. Two non-critical violations were found. A subsequent inspection on July 15 revealed two critical violations. Dried food debris was stuck to the can opener cutting blade; and toxic chemicals were stored with the ice bucket. Two non-critical violations were found.

Restaurant inspections will be continued in Wednesday's issue.



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