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Restaurants in Lawrence County inspected by health department

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Environmental Services division of the Lawrence County Health Department inspected 34 area food service establishments during the month of December. Of that group, 25 establishments had critical violations and nine had only non-critical violations.

Two facilities had no violations. They were Coca-Cola Warehouse and Modern Variety, both in Aurora.

Facilities having only non-critical issues included: K&K Confections and Hwy. K Liquor Store, both in Aurora; Crossroads Grocery Store in Miller; Relic's Antique Mall, Pamida #3892, Mt. Vernon Treatment Center, Lawrence County Jail and Bud's Donuts, in Mt. Vernon; and Verona One Stop in Verona.

Critical violations were found at 25 establishments:

* Dine n' Dash in Aurora was inspected on Dec. 22 and two critical violations were found. Raw meat was stored on the top shelf and an employee drink cup was sitting on the food prep table. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Next Stop #5 in Aurora was inspected on Dec. 22 and one critical violation was found. The facility needs an appropriate doughnut dispenser with tongs or tissue to dispense doughnuts. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Hudson House in Aurora was inspected on Dec. 9 and one critical violation was found. Employees were using a scoop without a handle to dispense flour and coffee. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Heritage Harmony House in Aurora was inspected on Dec. 12 and one critical violation was found. Dried debris was on the can opener cutting blade. Three non-critical violations were found.

* F.O.E. #3948 in Aurora was inspected on Dec. 15 and two critical violations were found. A wire food strainer was in disrepair and the exit door was in need of a new door seal. Four non-critical violations were found.

* McDonald's in Aurora was inspected on Dec. 19 and six critical violations were found. Heavy debris build-up was in the cold storage unit for meat next to the grill; gravy in the hot holding unit was not at the proper temperature; open food containers were found in the walk-in freezer; a can of spray cleaner was stored next to a salt shaker on top of the French fry unit; a drain line in one compartment of the sink was in disrepair; equipment with stuck-on debris was stored with clean equipment. A total of 13 non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Dec. 20, no violations were found.

* Aurora Nursing Center was inspected on Dec. 20 and three critical violations were found. The pre-flush arm at the dish machine was in disrepair; two toaster units stored with clean equipment were in need of cleaning; the back screen door was in disrepair. Four non-critical violations were found.

* Jim Carr Oil Co. in Aurora was inspected on Dec. 28 and one critical violation was found. Gravy in the hot holding unit was not at the proper temperature. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Subway in Walmart in Aurora was inspected on Dec. 28 and two critical violations were found. Some dirty utensils were stored with the clean ones; two open containers were found in the walk-in freezer. One non-critical violation was found.

* Sonic Drive-In in Monett was inspected on Dec. 20 and three critical violations were found. Onions were stuck to the dicer stored with clean equipment; food debris was stuck to spoons stored with clean equipment; heavy grease accumulation was in the filter above the grill. Six non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Dec. 23, one critical violation was found. Two boxes of hot dogs were left open in the walk-in cooler. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Little Caesars Pizza in Monett was inspected on Dec. 20 and one critical violation was found. Sanitizer in the three-vat sink was below the required concentration. One non-critical violation was found.

* El Azteca Restaurant in Mt. Vernon was ordered to close after inspectors found 10 critical violations during a complaint inspection on Dec. 1. The violations included: the person in charge indicated no knowledge of food service regulations or ever attended training; a pitcher in the walk-in refrigerator contained food that was moldy with a foul odor and unfit for human consumption; vegetables in the hot holding unit were not at proper temperature; sanitizing agent in the final rinse of the dish machine registered zero parts per million; food products in the upright freezer were not covered or protected from contamination; stainless steel cleaner was stored with clean utensils; the microwave oven was in need of cleaning due to spillage and splash; food spillage was inside the clean utensil holder; the pre-flush arm spray in the dishwashing area would not shut off; a customer advisory was not printed on the customer menu. Nine non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Dec. 2, the facility was allowed to open contingent upon the customer warning being placed on the menu, the plumbing repaired and staff attendance at a food safety workshop.

* Summer Fresh Supermarket in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Dec. 1 and seven critical violations were found throughout the facility. In the grocery section, several dead flies were found in the bottom of the freezer cases; Similac was outdated; a door frame at the back is in need of repair. In the butcher shop, a knife on top of the beef grinding sanitation log had chunks of meat stuck to the blade. In the deli and bakery area, food debris was found stuck in a wedger and stored with clean equipment; a spray bottle of toxic product was unlabeled; boxes of bread product were left open in the walk-in freezer. A total of eight non-critical violations were found throughout the facility.

* T/A Travel Center in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Dec. 14 and one critical violation was found. Rodent droppings were found in a cabinet under the soda fountain. One non-critical violation was found.

* Mt. Vernon Family Restaurant was inspected on Dec. 15 and four critical violations were found. The microwave oven had been repaired with duct tape; the back door exit was not tight-fitting; meat was thawing at room temperature on a work table and at a sink; three food containers in the walk-in freezer were not covered. A total of eight non-critical violations were found.

* Subway in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Dec. 19 and two critical violations were found. Several dead roaches were on the floor near the mop sink and water heater; an ice scoop was not stored in a manner to prevent contamination between uses. Four non-critical violations were found.

* Mt. Vernon Place Care Center was inspected on Dec. 21 and two critical violations were found. Sanitizing agent concentrations in two wiping cloth buckets were below the required level; dried debris was stuck to the splash area on the food mixer. Nine non-critical violations were found.

* Autumn Court in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Dec. 21 and three critical violations were found. Sanitizing agent concentrations in wiping cloth buckets were below the required level; dried food was on two utensils hanging with clean equipment; an open employee drink container was on the food prep table. One non-critical violation was found.

* KFC/LJS in Mt. Vernon was subject to a complaint inspection on Dec. 23 and one critical violation was found. Debris was blowing from the walk-in cooler compressor fan guards onto food containers. A total of 11 non-critical violations were found.

* Bamboo Gardens in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Dec. 28 and six critical violations were found. A faucet at the three-vat sink was in need of repair; there was no plug in the dumpster, allowing liquid to drain onto the ground surface; an open employee drink cup was sitting on a shelf at the drive- through window; a scoop without a handle was being used to scoop bulk rice; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket was below required concentration; tubs of fried chicken were not being cooled using the four-step method for rapid cooling before being stored in the walk-in refrigerator. Three non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Dec. 30, three critical violations were found. A faucet at the three-vat sink was in need of repair; there was no plug in the dumpster, allowing liquid to drain onto the ground surface; and an open employee drink cup was sitting on a shelf at the drive-through window. One non-critical violation was found.

* Town and Country Supermarket in Pierce City was inspected on Dec. 15 and one critical violation was found. A meat knife was stored in the knife holder before being cleaned and sanitized. One non-critical violation was found.

* Nae's Diner in Pierce City was inspected on Dec. 15 and four critical violations were found. A faucet at the three-vat sink was leaking; open employee drink cups were sitting on top of the upright freezer; there was no backflow prevention device on a hose near the water heater; there was no sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket. Seven non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Dec. 21, three critical violations were found. A faucet at the three-vat sink was leaking; there was mold on bread at the food prep table; gravy in the hot holding unit was not at proper temperature. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Guanajuanto Restaurant and Store in Verona was inspected on Dec. 8 and three critical violations were found. A wire strainer was in disrepair; a screen door is in disrepair; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket was in excess of required concentration. One non-critical violation was found.



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