Jason's Deli, Japanese restaurant get low scores of the week

Jason's Deli, Japanese restaurant get low scores of the week

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - There are no failing restaurant health inspection reports this week, however, several places were pretty close to getting a failing grade.

Food safety experts will tell you that employee hygiene, food temperatures and protecting food from disease causing bacteria are critical factors that inspectors check when they go into a restaurant kitchen and we see some of those violations this week

Low Scores:

East Japanese Restaurant, 11509 Kingston Pike - Grade: 73

It's a passing grade, but there critical violations you need to know about.

The inspector found unprotected food being stored by a kitchen hand sink.

Of course, that's where employees wash their hands, and you know what can happen with that scenario - the dirty water splashes onto the unprotected food.

Also, there was unprotected food sitting in the reach-in freezer.

At home when you have left over food, you probably cover it up.

The same is necessary at restaurants to protect you from potential foodborne illnesses.

The temperature of shrimp was off. It was at 53 degrees, but 41 and below is the safe temperature. The shrimp was thrown away.

And when the inspector checked the microwave oven, it was dirty inside and outside.

Jason's Deli, 2120 Cumberland Avenue - Grade: 73

First of all, in the cooler the inspector found the temperature of cheesecake and carrot cake at 54 degrees.

But 41 and below is the safe temperature. The cakes were thrown out.

Also, hard boiled eggs and potato salad were out of temperature.

The inspector watched a kitchen worker load a stack of dirty dishes, then unload clean ones without washing his hands first.

Top scores:

For the second week in a row, there's another perfect health inspection report and several other restaurants with grades in the high 90's.      

  • Jeffers Italian Ice, Knoxville Center Mall - Grade: 100
  • Shoney's, 2612 Chapman Hwy - Grade: 97
  • The Public House, 212 W. Magnolia Avenue - Grade: 97
  • Cracker Barrel, 1510 Cracker Barrel Ln - Grade: 96
  • Rankin, 2200 N. Central Ave - Grade: 93
  • Perkins Restaurant, 9507 Kingston Pk - Grade: 92
  • McDonald's, 7402 Strawberry Plains Pike - Grade: 91
  • McDonald's, 9526 S. Northshore Drive - Grade: 91

Those are some very busy restaurants with lots of customers with some terrific health inspection scores this week.

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