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Barry County restaurants inspected

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Environmental Services division of the Barry County Health Department inspected 32 food-service establishments during the month of December 2011. Of that group, 20 establishments had critical violations, eight had no critical or non-critical violations and four had only non-critical violations.

Exeter School, Monett Plaza 8, Cassville High School, St. John's Hospital-Cassville cafeteria and Red Barn Antiques in Shell Knob underwent routine inspections in February that yielded no critical or non-critical violations. Old Dawg Saloon in Eagle Rock underwent a pre-opening inspection in February that yielded no critical or non-critical violations. Lai Lai in Monett, and Rapid Roberts #107 in Monett underwent follow-up inspections in December that yielded no critical or non-critical violations.

Critical violations were found at 20 establishments:

* Purdy's Little Diner underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 5 and six critical and one non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: sausage on counter has no time or temperature control, white gravy held at 120 degrees; corn not labeled with discard date; food handler touched cheese with bare hands and placed on sandwich that received no further cooking; soap water used in place of sanitizer in kitchen and sanitizer in dining area too weak; spray bottle with clear liquid not labeled; and employee didn't wash their hands prior to putting on new pair of gloves. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* Country N in Wheaton underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 6 and seven critical and five non-critical violation were found. Critical violations were: chili with discard date of 12/4/11 and cooked pasta with discard date of 11/23/11 still in cooler; barbecue beef, spaghetti sauce, spinach not labeled with name and discard date; pipe sealant stored beside and above food item; shelf storing food and food utensils heavily soiled; measuring cup, strainer, ladle stored as clean have food debris on them; bottom of container storing spoons and tongs soiled with dust and food debris; and numerous foods stored uncovered in cooler. The violations were corrected on the spot.

* The Bayou in Monett underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 7 and three critical and one non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: four containers storing utensils have food debris in the bottom; food in walk-in cooler not properly labeled, some food dated for discard date and others dated the day it was made; and employee washed hands while wearing gloves. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* Peking Palace in Monett underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 13 and seven critical and six non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: chicken, garlic and oil and raw egg have no time or temperature control; raw shrimp stored above cooked chicken in walk-in cooler and raw chicken stored above raw shrimp in mini cooler; sanitizing solution in kitchen too weak; cardboard boxes used to hold cooked foods and shelves for dishes raw wood; shelves throughout kitchen, scale for food and thermometer for taking internal temperatures are soiled; tongs used for raw beef are not washed, rinsed and sanitized before being used for raw chicken or before being placed back in the raw beef; and no one ServSafe certified or equivalent on duty. A follow-up inspection was conducted on Dec. 28 and no critical or non-critical violations were found.

* Plaza Mexico in Monett underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 14 and seven critical and four non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: meat grinder and meat saw have dried food debris; sanitizing solution for cleaning food contact surfaces in meat department not at proper strength; spray bottle of liquid not labeled with common name; spray bottle of liquid not labeled with common name; knife and slicer have dried food debris on them; chicharrones stored in cardboard box; chicharrones stored uncovered on shelf under meat prep counter; and scoop used for flour and a knife are stored on a wood pallet that is not smooth and cleanable. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* Southwest Elementary-Middle School cafeteria in Washburn underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 15 and four critical and one non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: uncovered employee drink on the shelf over prep counter; two spatulas chipped and pitted; salad bar food items not held at 41 degrees or below; and sanitizer solution too strong. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* Cassville Intermediate School cafeteria underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 16 and one critical and one non-critical violation were found. The critical violation was food container cracked and damaged, no longer smooth and cleanable. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* Cassville Primary-Middle School cafeteria underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 16 and two critical and one non-critical violation were found. Critical violations were: pork and pork with gravy not held at 140 degrees and above; and six spatulas chipped, frayed and no longer easily cleanable. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* The Stagestop in Butterfield underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 15 and three critical and five non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: raw beef stored above cooked meats in cooler; nobody ServSafe certified or equivalent on duty; and buckets used for ice are not clean and are stored on unclean surface. A follow-up inspection was conducted on Dec. 19 and one critical and one non-critical violation were found. The critical violation was nobody ServSafe certified or equivalent on duty.

* Taco Bell/KFC in Cassville underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 20 and five critical and three non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: sanitizer too weak, chicken not discarded at discard time; numerous utensils found with food debris on them and mixer had dried food debris on it; shelf storing single service plates is heavily soiled; and no air gap or other black flow prevention on lines coming out of drink machine. A follow-up inspection was conducted on Dec. 22 and all violations had been corrected.

* Mexico 2000 in Monett underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 31 and 14 critical and six non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: uncovered employee beverage on food prep table; beans, cooked chilies, rice and numerous other foods not dated with seven-day discard date; three containers of food not discarded on discard date; raw beef stored over lettuce and other ready-to-eat food items; employee handling ready-to-eat food with bare hands.; sanitizer too weak; mixer has dried food debris; flour stored in non-food grade container; employee rinsed gloves, then returned to work; employee rinsed hands in three compartment sink, dried them on their apron and returned to working with food; fountain drink nozzles molded; dirty dish water splashing on and contaminating beef sitting in the next sink compartment; cheese, salsa and lettuce not held at 41 degrees or below; and rice, beans and chili not held at 140 degrees or above. A follow-up inspection was conducted on Dec. 23 and all violations had been corrected.

* Dollar General in Cassville underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 20 and one critical and no non-critical violations were found. The critical violation was shelves where chips are stored are soiled. A follow-up inspection was conducted on Dec. 21 and all violations had been corrected.

* The Steak Inn in Shell Knob underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 21 and three critical and one non-critical violation was found. Critical violations were: food debris in bottom of container storing clean food utensils; diluted sanitizer in spray bottle labeled as degreaser; and clean knives stored on soiled shelf in prep kitchen. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* Casey's General Store in Monett underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 23 and six critical and three non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: sanitizer too strong; numerous food items not dated or not dated properly; employees not following proper wash, rinse and sanitize procedure; pepperoni and pineapple not discarded on discard date; container for donut tongs and container holding icing bottles are soiled with food debris; and seven spatulas in kitchen no longer easily cleanable. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* Taco Bell in Monett underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 28 and two critical and three non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: potatoes not discarded at discard time; and shelf above food production line storing single use plates is soiled and shelf above three-compartment sink where fryer buckets are stored is dripping grease onto dishes, sinks and clean dish drying area below. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* Pizza Hut in Shell Knob underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 28 and two critical and two non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: pizza pans stored as clean have food debris on them and inside of microwave oven not clean; and rings used to cover crust of pizza during assembly not cleaned at least every four hours. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* Country Diner in Shell Knob underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 28 and two critical and six non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: shelf with coffee cups is soiled with cigarette ashes and shelf next to deep fryer for heavily soiled with grease and debris; and spatula damaged and no longer cleanable. All violations were corrected on the spot.

* B & J's in Shell Knob underwent an inspection following a complaint on Dec. 29 and 10 critical and four non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: chicken, baked potato and other food items not covered to prevent cross contamination; employee eating in kitchen on the make line and two uncovered drinks found in dry storage; raw egg for French toast stored on top of gravy; sanitizer too weak; numerous food items either past their discard date or dated incorrectly; numerous food items not dated with seven-day discard date; flour used to bread raw chicken has no time or temperature control; shelves below temporary event grill, prep counter and shelf below are heavily soiled; plates and food containers stored as clean are soiled; and three food containers are pitted and no longer easily cleanable.

* Casey's General Store #2058 in Monett underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 29 and one critical and one non-critical violation were found. The critical violation were ham not discarded on discard date of 12/28/11. The violation was corrected on the spot.

* Stars Restaurant in Monett underwent a routine inspection on Dec. 30 and eight critical and five non-critical violations were found. Critical violations were: waffle mix, salsa and beans not discarded on discard date; can opener put away as clean has food debris on it; sanitizer in server station not at the proper strength; non-food grade containers used to store rice and rolls; uncovered employee beverage on shelf in kitchen and employee drinking from uncovered beverage in dish area; chicken, ham, waffle mix and other foods left uncovered in the coolers; numerous food items not labeled with seven-day discard date; and food container and spatula cracked and no longer easily cleanable.

Food service establishments found to have non-critical violations only included: George's cafeteria in Butterfield, routine inspection on Dec. 15, two non-critical violations; Cr-ose Country Cafe, routine inspection on Dec. 22, one non-critical violation; KFC/LJS in Monett, follow-up inspection on Dec. 22, one non-critical violation; and Uncle Roy's One Stop in Eagle Rock, routine inspection on Dec. 28, four non-critical violations.

Environmental Services conducts routine inspections of all food service establishments in the county.

Food service code violations are divided into two categories: critical and non-critical violations. Critical violations are more likely than other violations to contribute to food contaminations, or illness and/or injury. Non-critical violations, although important to the overall hygiene of the establishment, do not necessarily present an immediate threat to food contamination or illness and/or injury.



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