No Knox County restaurants fail inspections, but one comes close

No Knox County restaurants fail inspections, but one comes close

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - No local restaurants received failing health inspection grades this week, but one scored a number of violations.

The critical violations reported on the health inspection sheet of the lowest-scoring restaurant are worth noting. Some of the violations potentially could lead to food borne illnesses. 

Fu House, 4421 Western Ave. - Grade: 73

That's a passing grade. A 70 or below would be a failing grade.

The health department inspector reported finding food temperatures that were off in the cooler. Chicken was at 61 degrees, beef at 51 degrees, and pork at 48 degrees.

Cold food must be kept at 41 degrees and below is the correct temperature so people don't get sick.

The chicken and beef were ordered thrown out.

The inspector also reported finding the three-compartment sink dirty. This is where pots and pans are washed, rinsed, and sanitized.

Somehow the person using the sink forgot about the last process. The inspector writes that the pots and pans were washed and rinsed, but not sanitized. 

When the inspector checked a bottle labeled "bleach," it wasn't bleach. Instead, a degreaser was found in the bottle.

The inspector found items piled up in the employee hand sink. As a result employees could not wash their hands in the sink.

The back door to the restaurant was found propped open, which is an open invitation to bugs. 

The inspector will return soon to Fu House and check up on the critical violations to determine if they have been corrected. 


Top Scores of the Week

  • Dippin' Dots, West Town Mall - Grade: 100
  • Great American Cookies, West Town Mall - Grade: 95
  • Little Caesar's Pizza, 3533 Emory Road, Powell - Grade: 93
  • KFC, 4415 Western Ave. - Grade: 92
  • Little Caesar's Pizza, 4434 Western Ave. - Grade: 91
  • Waffle House 309 Emory Road, Powell - Grade: 87

Every month most area health departments offer free health inspection classes. That's where restaurant management and staff learn about the rules and regulations that are covered in the state health inspection report.

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