Low scoring restaurants have trouble with hygiene, sanitization

Low scoring restaurants have trouble with hygiene, sanitization and temps

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The low scoring restaurants we saw this week had trouble with employee hygiene, keeping things sanitized, and food temperatures.

Hardee's, 3926 Asheville Highway - Grade: 62

A score below 70 is considered unsanitary by the health department.

The inspector found the temperature of tater tots at 101 degrees, but 140 and above is required. A quarter pound of the tots were thrown away.

In the big three compartment sink where pots and pans are washed, rinsed and sanitized, food debris was found in the sanitized section of the sink.

Also, there was no sanitizer detected in the wiping cloth buckets. Those wiping clothes are used to clean off customer tables, and there is supposed to be sanitizer in them.

Finally, the inspector watched a kitchen worker touch her hair and her clothes, then she started portioning fries without washing her hands.

Taco Mex (Mobile Cart), 2742 Washington Pike - Grade: 65

Here the inspector found meat being served that had not been from an approved source. To assure product safety, state health rules require restaurant managers to show proof of where the food came from.

Also, there was no hot water at any of the sinks. As a result, workers could not properly wash their hands.

Finally, the inspector couldn't find any soap at the hand sinks either.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • Willie's Restaurant, 10321 Chapman Highway, Seymour - Grade: 100
  • Bush's Family Cafe, 3901 Highway 411, Dandridge - Grade: 100
  • Firehouse Subs, 8852 Town & Country Circle - Grade: 99
  • Domino's Pizza, 9615 Countryside Center Lane - Grade: 99
  • Subway, 9629 Countryside Center Lane - Grade: 97
  • Marco's Pizza, 8667 Middlebrook Pike - Grade: 97
  • Newk's Eatery, 9261 Kingston Pike - Grade: 97
  • Dave's Dog House, Mobile Cart - Grade: 97

At many of the top scoring eateries, the kitchens are busy serving lots of people every day, and those high inspection grades mean everyone on the staff apparently pays close attention to details.

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