Absolutely no low-scoring health inspection scores this week

Food For Thought

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Here’s some good news from the local food industry: There were absolutely no low-scoring health inspection scores this week.

This rarity affords us to report on what, exactly, factors that health inspectors look at when it comes to tabulating an eatery’s final grade.

According to the Knox County Health Department’s website, here are the five factors that weigh heavy on an establishment’s score:

  1. Foods from unsafe or unapproved sources.
  2. Poor personal hygiene and ill food workers.
  3. Inadequate cooking temperatures.
  4. Cross-contamination and contaminated equipment.
  5. Improper holding temperatures and cooling procedures.

So with these factors in mind, it helps to know that local restaurants which score well, meet if not excel at keeping their establishments in healthy conditions for their workers and customers.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • Taco Bell, 4413 Western Ave. – Grade: 100
  • Zaxby’s, 2936 Miller Place Way – Grade: 100
  • Subway, 1775 W. Broadway Ave. – Grade: 100
  • Honey Baked Ham, 461 Marilyn Lane – Grade: 100
  • McDonald’s, 550 S. Highway 92, Dandridge – Grade: 100
  • Starbucks Coffee, 116 Merchant Dr. – Grade: 100
  • Panera Bread, 4893 N. Broadway – Grade: 100
  • Panera Bread, 471 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge – Grade: 100
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs, 2656 Parkway, Pigeon Forge – Grade: 100
  • Curl de la Creme, 2656 Parkway, Suite 6, Pigeon Forge – Grade: 100
  • Foothills 12, 134 Foothills Mall Dr., Maryville – Grade: 100

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