West Knoxville Japanese restaurant receives low inspection score

West Knoxville Japanese restaurant receives low inspection score of the week

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Newer inspection scores will be higher than they have been in the past.

That's because inspectors have been directed by the state to pay more attention to risk factors in restaurants and focus less on smaller infractions.

The risk factors inspectors are paying special attention to include food temperatures, employee hygiene and sanitation - the factors that cause food-borne illnesses.

Lowest score:

Kanpai of Tokyo, 1645 Downtown West Blvd. - Grade: 77

It's a passing score, but there are critical violations that fall under these risk factors.

When the inspector checked the dishwasher, there was no chlorine running through it. As a result, the dishes and utensils were not sanitized properly.

When she checked the temperature of salmon in the sushi cooler, it was 47 degrees. 41 and below is required to prevent the growth of bacteria.

Also, the inspector found a water leak at one of the sinks. Leaks aren't allowed in restaurants and managers know this or should.

The inspector found raw, shelled eggs stored on top of mushrooms. Doing so can create cross-contamination, which potentially can lead to illness.

Similarly, carrots were found stored with salmon.

And someone at the restaurant left deodorant stored next to plates that are served to customers. Deodorant contains chemicals and should be stored far away from those plates.

Re-inspected scores:

Dazzo's Pizzeria, 710 South Gay Street, was re-inspected and received a 87. The restaurant received a 59 last week.

Top scores:

  • Hot Diggity Dog, a mobile food cart - Grade: 100
  • Saddlebags Grill, 8503 Rutledge Pike - Grade: 99
  • Knoxville Livestock Cafe, 8706 Mascot Road - Grade: 99
  • Quiznos, 7220 Chapman Highway - Grade: 99
  • Sweet P's Barbeque, 3725 Maryville Pike - Grade: 97
  • Pizza Plus, 210 Andrew Johnson Highway - Grade: 96
  • The Chop House, 7417 Chapman Highway - Grade: 95
  • Yummy Yummy Teriyaki, 4409 Chapman Highway - Grade: 95
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