West Knox pizzeria fails health inspection; numerous high grades

West Knox pizzeria fails health inspection; numerous high grades reported

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Some of the highest restaurant health inspection grades in months are reported this week, but there are still a few places with low scores.

There are multiple critical violations at the lowest scoring restaurant this week, which are the type of problems that could potentially cause a food-borne illness if not corrected.

Little Joe's Pizza, 13100 Kingston Pike - Grade: 69

The inspector found flies in the kitchen. You know how much of a pest they can be when you're trying to eat.

Ham in the reach in cooler was not cool enough.

In the storage room, the inspector found a can of green peppers with a dent in it. That dent can break the seal and potentially spoil the peppers.

A dirty rag was found on a food preparation table where pizza are made.

The inspector writes the container where clean utensils are stored was dirty. The ice machine was also dirty.

Taco Bell, 6802 Maynardville Highway - Grade: 71

Taco Bell received a passing score, but there were some problems.

Sour cream on the serving line was not the right temperature; it was 51 degrees, while the safe temperature is 41.

There was not enough sanitizer in the three-compartment sink where pots and pans are washed, rinsed, and sanitized.

The inspector found a large unlabeled chemical spray bottle. It should have been labeled to eliminate guess work for employees.

Top scores of the week:

  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, 9253 Kingston Pike - Grade: 100
  • Little Caesars, 442 N. Cedar Bluff Road - Grade: 99
  • Starbucks, 115 Moss Grove Boulevard - Grade: 98
  • Taco Bell, 7211 Strawberry Plains Pike - Grade: 97
  • Krystal, 7215 Strawberry Plains Pike - Grade: 97
  • Lenny's Sub Shop, 9335 Kingston Pike - Grade: 97
  • Buddy's Bar-BQ, 5806 Kingston Pike - Grade: 97
  • Applebee's, 251 N. Peters Road - Grade: 96

Health scores are a snapshot of conditions at a restaurant at the time of the inspection. If you encounter a potential problem, talk politely to the manager.

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