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LawCo health department inspects over 40 restaurants during August

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Environmental Services division of the Lawrence County Health Department inspected 43 area food service establishments during the month of August. Of that group, 23 establishments had critical violations, five had no critical or non-critical violations and 14 had only non-critical violations.

Facilities having only non-critical issues included: B&P Discount Grocery, Bristol Manor, American Legion Post #126, Subway at Walmart and Murphy's Oil Company, all of Aurora; Mossie's Tea Room, of Marionville; Subway Restaurant, Viking Club #518, Wind and Willow, Red Barn Restaurant and Steffie Kay's Katering, all of Mt. Vernon; and Dollar General Store, Thompson Family Drug and Pierce City Senior Center, all of Pierce City.

Facilities having no violations included: Walmart #92, Chrissy's Sugar Shack and Madewell Meats, all of Mt. Vernon; Big Baldy's BBQ, of Monett; and Schrock's General Store in Verona.

Critical violations were found at 23 establishments:

* Sonic Drive-In in Monett was subject to a complaint inspection on Aug. 4 and four critical violations were found. Dried debris was stuck to the French fry cutter stored with clean equipment; an employee soda container was sitting on the work prep table; open containers of food were nested inside the prep refrigerator; and dried debris was stuck to the lemon slicer stored with clean equipment. Five non-critical violations were found.

* Subway in Aurora was inspected on Aug. 1 and six critical violations were found. Live flies were noted on the tables and service line; rodent droppings were on the floor next to an open bait container in the store room; meatballs in the hot holding unit were not at the proper temperature; there was no sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket; cookie sheet liners were in disrepair and no longer cleanable. Seven non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Aug. 5, three non-critical violations were found.

* Hudson House was inspected on Aug. 1 and two critical violations were found. An open employee drink was on the work counter; corrosion and debris was found on a table-mounted can opener. Eight non-critical violations were found.

* China Village in Aurora was inspected on Aug. 9 and four critical violations were found. Rodent droppings were in the cabinet where drink cups are stored; dried debris was stuck to the can opener cutting blade; personal food items were stored in the refrigerator and inter-mixed with food for sale to the public; eggs were stored in a pan of shredded carrots. Eight non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Aug. 17, two critical violations were found. Evidence of a rodent infestation was found in the sugar packets; food containers in the refrigerator were not covered to protect from contamination. One non-critical violation was found.

* Superior Food Mart in Aurora was inspected on Aug. 11 and two critical violations were found. There was no sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket; chicken in the hot holding unit was not held to proper temperature. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Las Palmas in Aurora was inspected on Aug. 11 and two critical violations were found. A spray arm was leaking at the dish machine; an open employee drink cup was on the work table. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Aurora Family Restaurant was inspected on Aug. 15 and six critical violations were found. Chlorine in excess of the allowable amount was in the wiping cloth bucket; a live fly was on the bacon in the walk-in refrigerator; a scoop without a handle was being used to scoop paprika; the microwave was in need of cleaning; an employee's peppers were stored with clean equipment; the employer refused to allow the sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket near the fryer to be tested, dumping the contents. Six non-critical violations were found. The facility was subject to a limited complaint inspection on Aug. 17 and three critical violations were found. Several flies were on the boxes and around the back door; flies were in the dining area; several live flies were noted on the inside window near the cash register. Another inspection occurred on Aug. 25 and four critical violations were found. Chlorine residual in the wiping cloth bucket was at zero parts per million; the can opener blade was in need of cleaning; dried food debris was inside the microwave; and food products were stored uncovered in the walk-in cooler. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Ricardo's Mexican Restaurant in Aurora was subject to a complaint inspection on Aug. 18 and one critical violation was found. A spigot on the three-vat sink was leaking. Four non-critical violations were found.

* Olive Grille in Aurora was inspected on Aug. 26 and four critical violations were found. An employee drink cup was sitting on shelving with clean food utensils; an unlabeled bottle of toxic product was found; a scoop without a handle was being used to dispense rice; no backflow prevention device was on the outside hose. Three non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection Aug. 31, two non-critical violations were found.

* McDonald's restaurant in Aurora was inspected on Aug. 29 and five critical violations were found. Flies were in the men's restroom and around the trash containers; the employee hand sink was slow to drain and a spigot was in disrepair; spillage was in the food prep refrigerator; mold growth was on the ice machine; open food containers were in the walk-in freezer. A total of 14 non-critical violations were found.

* Murfin's Market in Marionville was inspected on Aug. 2 and two critical violations were found. There was no backflow prevention device at the hose attached at the one-vat sink; lint and debris was collected above the meat grinder in the walk-in refrigerator. Seven non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Aug. 30, two critical violations were found. There was no backflow prevention device at the hose attached at the one-vat sink; flies were collected in the bottom of the dairy case under the butter. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Alice Irene's Bakery in Marionville was inspected on Aug. 11 and three critical violations were found. A dough cutter was in need of cleaning; a spigot on the three-vat sink was leaking; an open container of powdered sugar was in the party room. Seven non-critical violations were found.

* Sonic Drive-In in Marionville was inspected on Aug. 25 and two critical violations were found. Numerous flies were throughout the facility; an ice scoop was stored on top of the soda syrup boxes. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Mingles Restaurant in Miller was inspected on Aug. 8 and one critical violation was found. The sanitizing rinse in the dish machine was at less than 50 parts per million. Five non-critical violations were found.

* Modern Day Vets (Route 66 Tavern) was inspected on Aug. 24 and two critical violations were found. Debris was blowing off the fan guard on the compressor and onto food containers; the can opener cutting blade was in need of cleaning. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Bamboo Gardens in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Aug. 5 and three critical violations were found. The final rinse temperature in the dish machine was not adequate for sanitation; the can opener needs a new cutting blade; two containers of cooked chicken were not held at the proper temperature. Five non-critical violations were found.

* Country Pride Restaurant in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Aug. 5 and two critical violations were found. The final rinse temperature in the dish machine was not adequate for sanitation; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket was not adequate. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Taco Palace in Mt. Vernon was subject to a complaint inspection on Aug. 15 and 10 critical violations were found. The screen on the storm door was in disrepair; there was the odor of sewer gas in the ladies bathroom; the chlorine in the wiping cloth bucket was too strong; there was spillage inside the reach-in refrigerator; debris and lint was blowing from compressor onto food containers; a food container in the walk-in refrigerator was in disrepair; the ice machine was out of order; there was spillage in the microwave oven; debris was stuck to several utensils at the deep fry area; the hand sink was broken and in disrepair. A total of 15 non-critical violations were found. The facility was directed to close until the critical items were corrected. A re-opening inspection took place on Aug. 22 and three critical violations were found. The hand sink was broken and in disrepair; mold growth was on the dicer unit stored with clean equipment; food products were taken from the refrigeration unit and placed onto the steam table without being heated to the proper temperature. Six non-critical violations were found. A third inspection occurred on Aug. 24 and one critical violation was found. The hand sink was broken and in disrepair. Eight non-critical violations were found. A fourth inspection scheduled for Aug. 31 did not take place as the owner advised the restaurant would close for renovations and new management.

* Mt. Vernon Family Restaurant was inspected on Aug. 17 and seven critical violations were found. Several flies were found in the food prep area; chlorine in the final rinse on the dish machine was not adequate for sanitation; encrusted debris was on the waffle iron; there was heavy debris buildup in the microwave oven; knives were stored in crevices between the prep tables; dead flies were crushed on the door seal of the ice machine; mixed items of meat were defrosting on the work table at room temperature. Eight non-critical violations were found. A second inspection took place on Aug. 18 and two non-critical violations were found. A complaint inspection took place on Aug. 25 and two critical violations were found. Chlorine residual in the wiping cloth bucket was not adequate for sanitation; water was draining out the door of the food prep refrigerator next to the steam table. Eight non-critical violations were found.

* El Azteca in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Aug. 22 and four critical violations were found. An employee drink was stored in the cooler with products for sale to consumers; sanitizing agent in the final rinse of the dish machine was not adequate for sanitation; chicken in the hot holding unit was not held to the proper temperature; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket was too strong. Six non-critical violations were found.

* Casey's General Store in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Aug. 23 and two critical violations were found. Dried pizza sauce was on the scissors; employee outerwear was stored on top of two-liter bottles of soda. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Mazzio's Pizza in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Aug. 29 and four critical violations were found. Mold growth was on the door seal of the pull-out two-drawer cooler unit; dried debris was on a scoop stored with clean equipment; a container of shortening was stored on a shelf with cleaning products; an open employee drink cup was sitting on the shelf in the food prep area. Six non-critical violations were found.

* Hungry House Cafe in Sarcoxie was inspected on Aug. 3 and four critical violations were found. Dried debris was in the can opener cutting blade; encrusted debris was in the ovens and on oven racks; wiping cloths were not being stored in sanitizing agent between uses; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket bucker was too strong. Seven non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Aug. 22, six critical violations were found. Meat was thawing at room temperature; wiping cloths were not being stored in sanitizing agent between uses; several pieces of unwrapped meat were thrown onto boxes in the refrigerator; bathroom cleaner was stored next to clean dishes in the service area; the hand sink was inaccessible; and a knife was stored in the crevice between equipment and tongs were stored on soiled towels at the service line. Five non-critical violations were found.

* Massey's Super Stop in Stotts City was inspected on Aug. 16 and one critical violation was found. Dried food debris was in the microwave oven. Five non-critical violations were found.



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