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Improperly dated food results in two low restaurant scores

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Improperly dated food netted two Knoxville restaurants the lowest scores of the week.

Restaurants are required to mark opened food with a date so workers know how long it's good for.

Kaya Korean Restaurant on Montvue Center Way near West Town Mall scored an 81, which is still above the pass/fail mark at 70.

At the restaurant, the inspector found there were no date marks on ready-to-eat food. Once opened, a date must be put on the food and it must be served within seven days so no one gets sick. Food that was marked properly was still past its expiration date.

When the inspector checked utensils, they weren't clean and some had food debris on them. 

On top of that, raw chicken was stored over ready-to-eat food. To prevent contamination, bacteria-filled raw food should be stored below ready-to-eat food. Some food was also found on the floor, instead of on shelves where it belongs.

Kitchen floors and walls were also dirty.

Kay Korean Restaurant has been reinspected and the original score of 81 has been upgraded to a 95.

The second-lowest score of the week was an 82 at Dazzo's Pizzeria at 701 South Gay Street. The dishwasher wasn't working properly and sanitizer wasn't being sent through it. The dishwasher was also dirty, so the inspect ordered the manager to call a repairman.

Date mark violations were also found.

Here are the best grades of the week:

  • The Casual Pint, Hardin Valley: 100
  • Salsarita's, Cedar Bluff: 100
  • Buddy's Barbecue, 8412 Kingston Pike: 100
  • Panda's Chinese, Western Avenue: 100
  • Burger King, Kroger Park Drive: 100
  • LaRosa's, 9169 Kingston Pike: 99
  • Pizza Hut, 7017 Kingston Pike: 99
  • Chipotle, Broadway: 99
  • Zaxby's, 6913 Kingston Pike: 99
  • Bojangles: Oak Ridge Highway: 99
  • TK Cafe, Parkside Drive: 98
  • McDonald's, 7134 Oak Ridge Highway: 98

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