Too many health violations for a fast food eatery

Too many health violations for a fast food eatery

August 19, 2005

By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A Knox County health inspector spent two hours recently checking a fast food restaurant at the Strawberry Plains exit near I-40. About an hour and fifteen minutes is what it usually takes for an inspection.

This week's low score:
Kentucky Fried Chicken
1030 Shurmard (I-40 at Strawberry Plains Pike)
Grade: 69

The inspector found 42 problems in 15 out of 46 categories on the inspection checklist. The health department considers a score below 70 as "unsanitary."

In his report, the inspector notes he found flies in the dining area. He ordered the manager to call the restaurant's insect control company to eliminate the flies.

The inspector found a number of toxic chemicals where they are not supposed to be. For example, an open bottle of degreaser was stored near flour. The flour is apparently used for fried chicken or biscuits.

He also found, of all things, concrete mortar. It was stored on another shelf close to food.

On the steam table, the inspector found barbecue chicken that wasn't hot enough, at 132 degrees. It's supposed to be at 140 degrees or hotter to prevent the possibility of someone getting sick.

The inspector also found a dirty sandwich station and counter tops.

That's not all. A sugar container was dirty. The floors in the refrigerator and hot food cabinet were dirty. And stored on a dirty floor, the inspector discovered single service cups.

The restaurant's manager told 6 News, "The critical violations have been taken care of."

The restaurant was re-inspected and received a score of 84.

Top scores:

  • Brownie's II, 3840 Martin Mill Pike - Grade: 98
  • Subway, 6217 Asheville Highway - Grade: 97
  • Frussie's Deli, 133 Moody Ave. - Grade: 96

All three of these restaurants have made the top list before. Three other restaurants also did very well, tying with scores of 94.

  • Marina's Mexican Grill, 5707 Western Ave. - Grade: 94
  • Subway, 3708 Chapman Highway - Grade: 94
  • West Haven Restaurant, 3801 Western Ave. - Grade: 94

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