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Lawrence County restaurants inspected

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

By Melonie Roberts

The Environmental Services division of the Lawrence County Health Department inspected 32 area food service establishments during the month of January. Of that group, 21 establishments had critical violations and eight had only non-critical violations.

Three facilities had no violations. They were Madewell Meats in Aurora; and Center Street B&B and McCanse House B&B in Mt. Vernon.

Facilities having only non-critical issues included: Gossett Quik Stop, B&P Discount Grocery Store, American Legion Post #126, Mercy St. John's Hospital and The Strike Zone in Aurora; the Senior Citizens Center in Miller; and TJ's BBQ and Subway Restaurant in Mt. Vernon.

Critical violations were found at 21 establishments:

* Superior Food Mart in Aurora was inspected on Jan. 5 and four critical violations were found. Chili was not at the proper temperature in the hot holding unit; the hot water was shut off at the employee hand sink; the door seal on a refrigerator was in disrepair; and the steamer stored with clean equipment had rice stuck inside. Five non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Jan. 13, one critical violation was found. The roof on a storage shed is in disrepair. Two non-critical violations were found.

* The Blackbird Grill in Aurora was inspected on Jan. 10 and four critical violations were found. A faucet at the three-vat sink was in need of repair; a bottle of toxic product was not labeled; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket exceeded recommended strength; mold growth was on the inside of the ice machine. Two non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Jan. 13, one critical violation was found. The French fry dicer was in need of cleaning. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Las Palmas in Aurora was inspected on Jan. 10 and two critical violations were found. The employee hand sink was being used as a food prep sink; food debris was found on the can opener cutting blade. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Bristol Manor in Aurora was inspected on Jan. 11 and one critical violation was found. Rodenticide was being dispensed from an open bait container.

* Richard's Hawg Wild BBQ in Aurora was inspected on Jan. 13 and two critical violations were found. Gravy on the hot holding unit was not at the proper temperature; there was an air gap present on the kitchen exit storm door. One non-critical violation was found.

* Subway Restaurant in Aurora was inspected on Jan. 19 and one critical violation was found. An ice scoop was stored on top of the ice machine unprotected. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Aurora Family Restaurant was inspected on Jan. 26 and four critical violations were found. Cooked bacon was being set on a soiled towel to absorb grease before being served; an employee drink cup was sitting on the food prep table; potentially hazardous food in the walk-in cooler was not dated or labeled; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket registered at zero. Seven non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Jan. 31, three critical violations were found. Cutters and pie cutters stored with clean equipment had food debris stuck to them; the ice cream scoop was being stored improperly between uses; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket was not at proper strength. Three non-critical violations were found.

* Murfin's Market in Marionville was inspected on Jan. 18 and two critical violations were found. A hat was hanging above the food table on a hook with the cutting board; a bottle of toxic spray was not labeled. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Mingles in Miller was inspected on Jan. 11 and six critical violations were found. There was evidence of a rodent infestation under the sink; an open food container was found in the freezer; single service cups stored on a shelf were exposed to potential contamination; there was no undercooked food warnings printed on the menu; numerous roaches were stuck to a sticky trap in the food prep area; mop water was being dumped on the ground outside the back door. Nine non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Jan. 18, two critical violations were found. There was spillage inside the reach-in refrigerator; sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket exceeded recommended strength. Four non-critical violations were found.

* Kum & Go # 571 in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Jan. 4 and three critical violations were found. A jacket was stored on shelving with food products in the food prep area; a drain plug on the dumpster was in need of repair; an air gap was present under the side door. Four non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Jan. 25, one non-critical violation was found.

* Dollar General #7596 in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Jan. 4 and one critical violation was found. Cleaning products and food products were stored together in a clearance section. Three non-critical violations were found. The facility was subject to a complaint inspection on Jan. 9 and one critical violation was found. Numerous rodent droppings were on the dog food shelf and bags showed evidence of rodent damage.

* Lawrence County Manor in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Jan. 6 and two critical violations were found. There was dried food splashed on the underside of the mixer; the mixer head was in disrepair due to several missing wires. Two non-critical violations were found.

* Missouri Baptist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Jan. 6 and one critical violation was found. There was heavy splash and dried debris in the microwave oven. Nine non-critical violations were found.

* Bamboo Gardens in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Jan. 13 and one critical violation was found. A spigot on the three-vat sink was in disrepair. One non-critical violation was found.

* McDonald's in Mt. Vernon was subject to a complaint inspection on Jan. 24 and four critical violations were found. The spray arm at the dish machine was leaking; wiping cloths were not being stored in sanitizer between uses; some unclean utensils were stored with clean ones; gravy in the hot holding unit was not at the proper temperature. A total of 17 non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Jan. 27, no violations were found.

* Mt. Vernon Family Restaurant was subject to a complaint inspection on Jan. 26 and four critical violations were found. There were two employee drinking cups sitting on the work table; insecticides and cleaners were stored together; the ice cream scoop was being stored improperly between uses; the wiping cloth bucket registered no sanitizing agent. Ten non-critical violations were found.

* Summer Fresh Market in Mt. Vernon was inspected on Jan. 31 and two critical violations were found. Dead flies were found in the bottom of the pizza display freezers; the east exit doors remain in disrepair. One non-critical violation was found.

* Dollar General Store #5781 in Pierce City was inspected in Jan. 20 and one critical violation was found. One type of over-the-counter medication was outdated. One non-critical violation was found.

* Nae's Diner in Pierce City was subject to a relocation inspection on Jan. 30 and three critical violations were found. Dried food debris was on the table-mounted can opener blade; employees were dispensing bulk food items with a scoop that had no handle; a wire strainer was in disrepair. Four non-critical violations were found.

* Hungry House Cafe in Sarcoxie was inspected on Jan. 6 and seven critical violations were found. Dead flies were in the bottom of the pie and cake holding unit; debris was blowing off a fan guard above the food service window where open dishes are delivered to the serving area; the ceiling intake vent above the dish storage area was heavily encrusted with lint and grease; dried meat was on the slicer after being disassembled and cleaned; three containers of meat were sitting on a work table thawing at room temperature; an enamel pan food contact surface was pitted and not cleaned before being stored with clean equipment; several types of insecticide were stored with cleaning agents. A total of 10 non-critical violations were found. Upon re-inspection on Jan. 13, three critical violations were found. Dried debris was stuck to a can opener cutting blade attached to a work table; there was no sanitizing agent in the wiping cloth bucket; the facility was using a restricted type of fly bait from open containers in the dining area. Four non-critical violations were found.

* Spring River Cafe and Bar in Stotts City was inspected on Jan. 6 and six critical violations were found. A basting brush was in disrepair; employees were dispensing bulk food product in a single-serving cup without a handle; a cabinet-mounted potato dicer was encrusted with dried debris; a cutting-board at the bar area was in disrepair and no longer cleanable; there was no sanitizing agent in the three-vat sink. Seven non-critical violations were found.

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