Dirty equipment causes low health scores

Dirty equipment causes low health scores at Knox Japanese buffet, hamburger chain

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A popular Japanese buffet and a hamburger chain restaurant received the lowest health inspection scores this week.

Dirty equipment was among the problems at both locations.

Steak 'n Shake, 500 Emory Road - Grade: 67

The health department considers any grade below 70 unsanitary.

The inspector writes after removing his gloves a kitchen worker forgot to wash his hands before putting on new gloves. 

Hand washing is a critical procedure restaurant staff members must follow.

According to the health report, the manager admitted they washed and rinsed the pots and pans without hot water.

At the big three compartment sink hot water is supposed to be used as pots and pans are washed, rinsed, and sanitized.

The inspector found the ice cream station was dirty and some ice cream had been stored uncovered. When she looked inside the microwave oven, it was dirty. The inspector also found mildew in the ice maker.

Makino Japanese Buffet, 8217 Kingston Pike - Grade: 71

The next lowest grade is a 71, a passing score.

The inspector found sushi and other fish at room temperature between 75 and 78 degrees. Chicken was at 48 degrees.    

Fish and chicken served at those temperatures could potentially make someone sick.

The inspector found there was no hot running water at one of the sinks.

He found the soda fountain nozzle was dirty, and also found some cooking equipment was dirty.

Top Scores of the Week

  • Vic's Beer Garden, 102 Stekoia Lane - Grade: 94
  • Arby's, 2750 Schaad Rd. - Grade: 92
  • Range House Restaurant, 4720 Old Broadway - Grade: 92
  • Jimmy John's, 5525 Clinton Highway - Grade: 91
  • Puleo's Grille, 110 Cedar Lane - Grade: 90
  • Hardee's, 609 Campbell Station Rd. - Grade: 90
  • Outback Steakhouse, 330 N. Peters Rd. - Grade: 87
  • Papa John's, 6529 Clinton Highway - Grade: 87

Food regulations were developed based on scientific principles to decrease the incidence of food borne illness.

Food inspections serve as an important education role, because each time inspectors go over the rules with managers when there is a problem.

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