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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A popular buffet fails its health inspection this week, and so does an eating spot at a mall food court.
Health inspectors are keeping a close eye out for hygiene violations - things like handling food and drinks properly and correct hand washing procedures.
If these violations are allowed to go on without being corrected, customers could possibly get sick.
China Wok Buffet, 5453 Washington Pike - Grade: 61
Any score below 70 is considered unsanitary.
Here, an inspector watched a kitchen worker wash his hands at the three-compartment sink. That's where pots and pans are to be cleaned and sanitized, not where employees wash their hands.
However, at the hand sink where employees are supposed to wash up, it was blocked. Apparently it was being used for storage, so kitchen workers couldn't wash their hands at the sink.
Another employee, while preparing food, was seen sipping a drink from a cup that didn't have a lid on it. Employee drink cups are required to have both a lid and a straw to prevent the contents from accidentally spilling onto food.
The temperature of food was off at China Wok Buffet.
A sliced melon was at 52 degrees. It should have been at 41 degrees.
Shrimp was being thawed improperly. It was just sitting in a tub of water. To properly thaw shrimp, it must be under constant running water.
Other low scores:
Sarku, at Knoxville Center Mall's food court, just missed a passing grade with a score of 69.
The inspector watched a kitchen employee handle a container with raw chicken in it. Most raw food is filled with bacteria.
Then, without washing his hands, the worker started taking orders and making drinks.
When the inspector checked the temperature of mayonnaise-based shrimp sauce, it was 67 degrees, but 41 and below is required. The sauce was thrown away.
Another critical violation, food debris was found in the sanitized compartment of the triple sink.
As a result, pots and pan weren't being properly sanitized.
Last week we reported that Pei Wei Asian Diner at Turkey Creek scored a 59.
The inspector returned and the re-inspected score is a respectable 84.
There is a perfect health inspection grade this week, and several other scores in the high 90s.
Petro's Food Truck, 1033 Cedar Bluff Road - Grade: 100