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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A popular sandwich shop, cafeteria, and Asian restaurant had the lowest health inspection grades this week.
With an estimated 76 million food borne illnesses each year across the country, food safety and sanitation at restaurants is an important public health concern, that's why local inspectors are cracking down on hygiene and sanitation issues.
Wokchow, 4612 Kingston Pike - Old Grade: 64, New Grade: 87
Below 70 is considered an unsanitary grade.
Here the inspector writes that the cook didn't wash his hands as required when he entered the kitchen and began working.
Also cooked chicken was at 51, but 41 and below is the required safe temperature.
The dishwasher did not have sanitizer running through the final rinse as the rules require.
And for some reason, food was found stored on the floor under the serving line. Wrong place.
Wokchow has been reinspected, the new grade is a respectable 87.
Other low scores:
Sam and Andy's West, 4612 Kingston Pike - Grade: 67
The temperature of baked chicken was between 117 and 127 degrees, that's way off. 140 and above is to slow the growth of bacteria. The inspector ordered ten pounds of that baked chicken thrown out.
The inspector found fruit flies in the kitchen, and no sanitizer was running through the dishwasher.
S&S Cafeteria, 4808 Kingston Pike - Old Grade: 68, New Grade: 87
Here an employee forgot to wash his hands as he came into the kitchen and started to prepare food.
And a chemical spray bottle was not labeled. You're supposed to know what's inside to prevent any mistakes.
The other day S&S Cafeteria was reinspected. The new scores is an 87.