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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A local restaurant received one of the lowest health report grades of the year.
Health inspectors check restaurants every six months and the inspections are unannounced.
Apparently, the lowest scoring restaurant this week must have forgotten half a year had gone by since their last inspection.
As a result, there are a number of critical violations.
Oodles Uncorked, 18 Market Square - Grade: 58
A score below 70 the health department considers unsanitary.
Food temperatures were a big problem. Salami and turkey ready to be sliced were at 55 degrees. Chicken breasts were at 74 degrees. The meat and chicken should have been at 41 and below to slow the growth of bacteria. The food was thrown away.
Without washing her hands, an employee was observed wiping her hands on a dirty apron as she continued to prepare salads. The inspector also watched other employees forget to wash their hands as they wipe them on dirty rags as they prepared food.
Finally, the inspector found shrimp and chicken thawing together. The problem there is the potential for cross contamination.
And other shrimp was found thawing in a sink at room temperature. Thawing takes place in the refrigerator.
Other low scores:
Subway, 3505 Sutherland Avenue - Grade: 69
Here the inspector found no hot water or soap at one of the hand sinks.
The temperature of sliced turkey was not below 41 as required.
A food slicer was dirty; it had not been sanitized and toxic chemicals were found next to utensils. The chemical was in the wrong place.
Wing Zone, 2121 Cumberland Avenue - Old Grade: 74, New Grade: 88