Problems with water temperatures nearly sink Knox restaurant

Problems with water temperatures nearly sink Knox restaurant

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Two area restaurants received low health inspection reports this week, while a few other have near perfect scores.

When health department inspectors check restaurants, they pay close attention to food temperatures, employee hygiene, and other high risk factors. The extra scrutiny is to cut down on the possibility of customers coming down with a food borne illness.

Lowest Scoring Restaurants

Mulligan's, 8923 Linksvue Drive - Grade: 70

Mulligan's 70 is the lowest grade this week. Anything below 70 is considered "unsanitary."

At the salad bar, the inspector found cottage cheese at 50 degrees, but 41 and below is the safe serving temperature. The cottage cheese was thrown away.

A hand sink at the restaurant did not provide "adequate" hot or cold water. On the high end, the faucet's water temperature should be near 120 degrees to properly wash your hands. At Mulligan's it wasn't.

A can of food was found with a dent in it. Dents can break a can's seal and potentially spoil the contents. The food was thrown away.


Seasons American Cuisine, 5018 Kingston Pike - Grade: 73

This restaurant in Bearden scored a 73. That's passing, but there were some problems.

The inspector found the temperature of duck at 53 degrees. Four pieces were thrown out.

In the cooler, raw beef was found stored over raw shrimp. The problem there is the potential for cross contamination.

Also, frozen fish had been left out, thawing in a sink at room temperature. That's the wrong place for food safety. At restaurants, food is supposed to be thawed in the refrigerator to prevent the rapid growth of bacteria that can potentially make you sick.

Finally, an employee washing dishes was observed handling dirty dishes, then he wiped his hands on his dirty apron but never washed his hands before sorting clean dishes.


This Week's Top Scores

Three businesses received near-perfect health grades this week.

  • Sonic, 8475 Kingston Pike - Grade: 99
  • Burger King, 8412 Kingston Pike - Grade: 99
  • Starbucks, 2021 Cumberland Avenue - Grade: 99
  • Union Place. 118 S. Central Ave. - Grade: 98
  • Buddy's Bar-B-Q, 8412 Kingston Pike - Grade: 97
  • Chuck-e-Cheese, 8225 Kingston Pike - Grade: 96
  • Taco Bell, 2084 North Broadway - Grade: 95
  • Pizza Hut, 7401 Chapman Highway - Grade: 94

Scores in the high 90s are difficult inspection grades to get.

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