Inspector orders food thrown out at East Knox deli

Inspector orders food thrown out at East Knox deli

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Low food temperatures were a big problem at an East Knoxville restaurant when a health inspector paid a visit.

Controlling food temperatures is one of the most important things that must be done in restaurants. Managers have to ensure food to be served is cooked, cooled and reheated properly to minimize the risk of harmful levels of bacteria.

Low scores:

Chandler's Deli at 3101 Magnolia Avenue - Grade: 68

The Knox County Health Department considers a score below 70 as unsanitary.

Macaroni was at 118 degrees and chicken wings were at 123 so two pounds of each were thrown out. One hundred forty-one degrees and above is the proper temperature.

Mashed potatoes were at 134 degrees so they were allowed to be re-heated.

Flies were buzzing around the kitchen. The pest control company was ordered to visit.

The sanitizer compartment of the triple sink had food debris in it so pots and pans weren't being sanitized properly.

A kitchen worker didn't wash her hands before handling food.

Passing but problems:

Osaka Hibachi at 3349 Sutherland Avenue - Grade: 72

The inspector saw the cook wash his hands without soap.

An unlabeled chemical spray bottle was stored over utensils.

Food in the walk-in cooler was uncovered.

Reinspection

Two weeks ago, Oasis Buffet at 2011 N. Broadway received a 52. It was closed for a day because the air conditioner had failed and lots of food was ruined. It was reinspected and the new score is a 75.

Top scores:

Salsarita's at 100 Jack Dance Drive - 98

Coyote Joe's at 5640 Clinton Highway - 95

Buddy's Bar-B-Q at 121 West End Drive - 95

Coffee and Chocolate at 327 Union Avenue - 94

Hardee's at 639 N. Campbell Station Road - 93

King Tut's Grill at 4132 Martin Mill Pike - 90

These grades are supposed to be posted where you can read the report.

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