Food for Thought 11/19/15: Failing Restaurant

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AMARILLO — It takes more than 30 demerits for a restaurant to fail its health inspection.
This restaurant failed:
Golden Corral
7220 I-40 W

10/30/15
34 Demerits
16 Violations
PROPER COLD HOLDING TEMPERATURE — CORRECTED ON SITE
Diced tomatoes at 56 degrees F.
FOOD SEPARATION AND PROTECTION — CORRECTED ON SITE
a) Vegetables stored below drips from condensation. Drops touching foods.
b) Employees preparing foods while water from ceiling leak is contaminating food prep surfaces.
FOOD CONTACT SURFACES SANITIZE
a) Reach-in gaskets not clean.
b) Cook tops, wok, cooker have heavy buildup.
c) Crack and loose gasket material on service area counter.
d) Cutting board bottom not clean.
e) Reach-in cooler not draining properly.
f) Can opener holder not clean.
g) Splatter on shelf
PROPER DISPOSITION OF RETURNED — CORRECTED ON SITE
Seam dented can on shelf.
PROPER HAND WASHING / GLOVES — CORRECTED ON SITE
Employee did not wash hands before gloves when working with food
PROPER IDENTIFY TOXIC SUBSTANCE
Chemical sprayer with degreaser not labeled.
APPROVED WATER SOURCE
a) Air gap needed at all food prep sinks.
b) Drain pipes must not drain onto floor.
c) Leak at hand sink in meat room.
d) Improperly plumbed drain at hand sink at service area.
PROPER DATE MARKING — CORRECTED ON SITE
Expired date stickers on salads in walk in cooler.
HANDWASHING FACILITY ADEQUATE — CORRECTED ON SITE
a) No paper towels at hand sink in meat cut room.
b) Leak at hand sink in meat room.
FOOD CONTACT SURFACE CONSTRUCT
a) Rusty screws on ice machine.
b) Wall at food prep table area is not smooth, easily cleanable. Bare wood exposed.
b) Ceiling to walk in cooler is peeling at blower unit.
c) Walls to walk-in coolers have damage and are not cleanable.
WAREWASHING FACILITY INSTALLED
a) Dish wash room floor is worn and not smooth or easily cleanable. Resurface.
b) No curb on mop sink.
c) Dishwasher top not clean.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION
a) Ceiling panels out of place or with holes. Seal all holes.
b) Roof leaking into kitchen.
NON-FOOD CONTACT SURFACES
a) Kickplates missing from equipment at service area. Replace kick plates or cover exposed parts.
b) Walk-in walls have mold and dust.
ADEQUATE VENTILATION AND LIGHT
a) Lights in kitchen have wrong type covers. Covers are meant to hold the broken glass and prevent breakage.
b) Lights over foods at service area are not covered, not shatterproof.
c) Dishwasher vent hood is not preventing water droplets from occurring on hood.
PHYSICAL FACILITIES INSTALLED
a) Floor has buckled in kitchen.
b) Grout is worn too thin in kitchen.
c) Walls have peeling paint in kitchen.
d) Several broken floor tiles.
e) Equipment not used (filters) yet remaining on walls.
f) Wall covering needed.
g) Air intakes dirty.
h) Rusty air vent at dishwasher
OTHER VIOLATIONS
a) Fans dirty
b) Ice cream freezer needs to be defrosted.
c) Replace all rusty shelves.
d) Reach-in handle broken.
e) Paint floor drains white. 
***Due to a score over 30 demerits, a $50 reinspection fee must be paid by noon Monday 11-2-15
MANAGER RESPONSE: “We corrected everything they needed corrected. Everything’s in good shape now.”

These restaurants got perfect scores at their recent health inspections:
KFC
1510 Ross
10-30-15

Tacos el Tule
4400 Amarillo Blvd E
10-30-15

For these and previous inspections, go to http://www.amarillo.gov/?page_id=229.

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