Food temperature, storage problems at Knox County Mexican restaurant

Food For Thought

Inspectors have a list of 53 health practices they check off during a routine review. Nearly half of those practices are those that could potentially cause foodborne illness if not caught and corrected.

They include such things as how well food is protected; the proper temperatures of food, both hot and cold; the cleanliness of the restaurant; employee hygiene; and then the things you don’t usually see like the plumbing.

La Parrilla, 11639 Parkside Drive – Original Grade: 78, New Grade: 97

That’s a passing score. The health department considers a grade below 70 as unsanitary.

When the inspector checked the temperature of cooked chicken in the refrigerator, it was 50 degrees. That’s too warm. The proper cool temperature is 41 and below to kill the growth of bacteria which could potentially cause foodborne illness.

In the refrigerator, raw beef was found stored over sliced cheese. That creates the potential for cross-contamination. The raw beef is filled with bacteria and if any juices from the beef comes in contact with the cooked food, it could possibly make someone ill.

More online: Read this week’s full inspection reports

La Parrilla was reinspected and the original grade has been upgraded to a 97.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • Lulu’s Tea Room, 3703 W. Beaver Creek Drive – Grade: 100
  • Red Lobster, 305 Merchants Drive – Grade: 100
  • El Rey Azteca, 3515 W. Emory Road – Grade: 100
  • New Full House, 3507 W. Emory Road – Grade: 100
  • Pizza Hut, 7504 Clinton Highway – Grade: 100
  • New China Restaurant, 5003 Clinton Highway – Grade: 100
  • Arby’s, 4849 Broadway – Grade: 100
  • Sonic Drive-In, 3307 N. Broadway – Grade: 100
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels, 1049 Cedar Bluff Road – Grade: 98
  • Bojangles, 2714 Chapman Highway – Grade: 98
  • Aubrey’s at Cedar Bluff, 9208 Middlebrook Pike – Grade: 96
  • Tracy’s Restaurant, 3913 Western Avenue – Grade: 96

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