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LawCo health department inspects area restaurants during October

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Environmental Services division of the Lawrence County Health Department inspected 36 area food service establishments during the month of October. Of that group, 26 establishments had critical violations and 10 had only non-critical violations.

Critical violations were found at the following establishments:

* Sonic Drive-In in Aurora was re-inspected on Oct. 27 and six critical violations were found. An open food container was in the walk-in freezer; mold was on the door seal and inside the prep refrigerator (which did not have an easily cleanable surface); dried ice cream from previous operations was on the malt mixer; live and dead pests were found on the equipment and throughout the facility; wiping cloths were not being kept in a sanitizing solution between uses. Six non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection Oct. 31, five re-occurring critical violations were found. An open food container was in the walk-in freezer; mold was on the door seal and inside the prep refrigerator; dried ice cream from previous operations was on the malt mixer; a wire strainer was in disrepair; wiping cloths were not being kept in a sanitizing solution between uses. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Hillbilly Diner in Aurora was inspected Oct. 27 and two critical violations were found. A back-flow prevention device was needed on an outside hose spigot; a water sample taken tested unsafe. The facility was ordered to close until a safe water supply can be obtained. The facility was allowed to re-open provided that it was disconnected from the water well; the drink machine was shut off; bottled water and ice from an approved source were used; single service utensils were used; the menu was changed to non-hazardous food items. Water well disinfection began immediately.

* China Village in Aurora was inspected Oct. 25 and four critical violations were found. Several flies were in the food prep area; there was no sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket; a cleaning brush was in disrepair; vermin droppings were in a cabinet by single-service drink cups. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Larry's Office in Aurora was inspected Oct. 25 and two critical violations were found. A back-flow prevention device was needed at the three-vat sink; a French fry cutter was in need of cleaning. One non-critical violation was found.

* Hillbilly Gas Mart in Marionville was inspected Oct. 4 and one critical violation was found. Flies were noted in the food prep area. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Ozarks Methodist Manor in Marionville was inspected Oct. 14 and one critical violation was found. There was no sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket. One non-critical violation was found.

* Alice Irene's Restaurant and Bakery in  Marionville was inspected Oct. 31 and three critical violations were found. Water standing in equipment outside the facility created a vermin feeding/breeding hazard; an open employee drink cup was in the food prep area. Six non-critical violations were found.

* Maggie Mae's in Miller was subject to a complaint inspection on Oct. 19 and one critical violation was found. A bottle of spray cleaner was stored with food products. Three non-critical violations were found.

* The Suzy Q in Miller was re-inspected on Oct. 26 and four critical violations were found. Plumbing on a three-vat sink was in disrepair; an ice cream scoop stored with clean equipment no longer has a cleanable food contact surface; upright freezer not holding to proper temperature; dried ice cream and debris stuck to splash area on milk shake mixer. Six non-critical violations were found.

* Casey's General Store #1079 in Miller was inspected Oct. 24 and three critical violations were found. The soda fountain was leaking into a pan under the fountain; numerous flies were found throughout the food prep area; employee outerwear was stored on top of food containers. One non-critical violation was found.

* Sonic Drive-In in Mt. Vernon was inspected Oct. 4 and one critical violation was found. The lemon wedger had a chunk of lemon stuck to it. Five non-critical violations were found.

* Country Pride in Mt. Vernon was inspected Oct. 5 and two critical violations were found. Dried food debris was on a wedger; the facility had two leaky faucets. One non-critical violation was found. Upon re-inspection Oct. 19, no violations were found.

* KFC #55 in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Oct. 5 and two critical violations were found. Food debris was on the can opener cutting blade; mashed potatoes were stuck to the underside of the mixer. Five non-critical violations were found.

* Mt. Vernon Family Restaurant was inspected Oct. 5 and seven critical violations were found. There was no sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket; the sink near an ice machine will not shut off properly; mold was inside the ice machine; dried food debris was on the inside of the microwave oven; an employee drink cup was sitting on shelving with food items; a bowl was being used to scoop rice; Gatorade was stored in the refrigerator with food items. Nine non-critical violations were found. A second inspection on Oct. 13 revealed five critical violations. Flies were found throughout the facility; dried food debris was on a knife blade; a sink faucet remained in disrepair; there was no sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket; wiping cloths were not stored in a sanitizing bucket while not in use. There were five non-critical violations. A subsequent inspection on Oct. 27 revealed four critical violations. Dried debris was on a knife blade that was stored with clean equipment; a bowl was being used to scoop rice; a tub of hash browns was stored in a cooler under raw meat products; a half cooked hamburger was thrown in with raw hamburger products. Five non-critical violations were found.

* Panda House in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Oct. 5 and three critical violations were found. There was no sanitizing agent in the three-vat sink; there was no sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket; the screen on the back door was in disrepair. Two non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection Oct. 17, no violations were found.

* Taco Bell #587 in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Oct. 5 and one critical violation was found. Plumbing at the three-vat sink had a slow leak at the base of the faucet. Five non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection Oct. 19, no violations were found.

* Hot Spot #3 in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Oct. 11 and one critical violation was found. The soda fountain was leaking into the cabinet below/manifold was broken. One non-critical violation was found.



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