Bearden restaurant receives low score of the week for sanitation

Bearden restaurant receives low score of the week for sanitation issues

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Seasons Restaurant in Bearden received the low score of the week. Seasons Restaurant in Bearden received the low score of the week.
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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There two restaurants with low health inspection reports this week and quite a few high scoring places.

Health inspectors are paying close attention to violations that can lead to food borne illnesses.

Problems like sanitation, food temperature, and employee hygiene, we see them all this week.

Lowest Score:

Seasons Restaurant, 5018 Kingston Pike - Grade: 70


Below 70 is considered unsanitary by the health department.

The inspector writes the food processor was dirty and had not been sanitized.

The meat slicer was dirty, it had not been sanitized as it's required to be.

When the inspector checked the dishwasher, there was no sanitizer running through it.

Sanitizing dishes and utensils is a critical part of the cleaning process.

The inspector writes mold was found growing on produce.

In the walk-in cooler, uncovered food was found. It's supposed to be covered to protect it.

The restaurant was reinspected the same day and received an 89.

Other low scores:

Panda House, 9209 Middlebrook Pike - Grade: 72


Here, the inspector watched an employee slice lettuce, then pick up some pieces that had fallen on the floor, but he forgot to wash his hands as he went back to slicing more lettuce.

Also lettuce and raw chicken were being prepared on the same table, creating a potential for cross contamination since raw, uncooked chicken is filled with bacteria.

Finally, the inspector observed an employee scoop flour out of a large bag with his bare hands. Unfortunately, the employees hands were filled with raw chicken juice, and he closed the bag with those dirty hands.

The inspector writes he talked at length to the staff at Panda House about proper hygiene practices.

Top Scores:

  • Coffee and Chocolates, 327 Union Avenue - Grade: 98
  • Jimmy John's, 5525 Clinton Highway - Grade: 97
  • Taco Bell, 8516 Wallbrook Drive - Grade: 97
  • Auntie Anne's, West Town Mall - Grade: 97
  • The Grill at the Knoxville Livestock Facility - Grade: 97
  • Hibachi Factory, 1645 Downtown West Blvd - Grade: 95
  • The Gondolier, 1063 N. Cedar Bluff Road - Grade: 94
  • Subway, 10612 Hardin Valley Road - Grade: 94


There are some terrific health inspector grades this week. It's good to see that.

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