Critical violations fail two Knoxville restaurants

Critical violations fail two Knoxville restaurants

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By DON DARE
Food for Thought Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The two low scoring restaurants this week have similar critical violations, problems that could potentially make you sick.

Inspectors are paying close attention to employee hygiene, hand washing practices and food temperatures.

Golden Wok Chinese Restaurant, 7116 Strawberry Plains Pike - Grade: 67

Below 70 is considered unsanitary.

The inspector writes she watched an employee enter the kitchen several times, do some work, then leave and return without ever washing his hands, which is required by state health rules.

Another kitchen worker was observed placing raw chicken into the fryer, then he placed cooked chicken into a pan without washing his hands. His hands could have been covered with bacteria from the raw chicken.

The inspector found two heavily dented cans of food in storage. That's a problem because dents in cans can potentially break the seam and spoil the contents.

Also, chicken was out of temperature in the cooler. It should have been a 41 degrees or below, but it wasn't.

Don Jose's Mexican Grill, 7505 Tazewell Pike - Grade: 68

An employee who was wearing gloves wiped his gloved hands on his dirty apron and continued handling food instead of taking his gloves off and washing his hands.

When the inspector checked a salt container which should have been perfectly clear, she noticed an unknown red substance. The salt in two containers were thrown away.  

Top Scores of the Week:

  • Great American Cookies, Knoxville Center Mall - Grade: 100
  • Oak Hill Cafe, Physicians Regional Medical Center - Grade: 99
  • Rita's Italian Ice, 26 Market Square - Grade: 99
  • Pizza Hut Express, 212 Cedar Lane - Grade: 97
  • Panera Bread, 4893 North Broadway - Grade: 94
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill, 7339 Kingston Pike - Grade: 94
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, 204 Advantage Place - Grade: 93
  • Taco Bell, 511 Merchants Drive - Grade: 91

Health inspections are conducted every six months, but if you notice a serious problem, call your county health department.

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