Knoxville Colombian restaurant fails health inspection

Food For Thought

There’s quite a contrast this week between the lowest health inspection report and the dozen restaurants that received high grades.

La Gota Fria Restaurant, 723 Campbell Station Road – Grade: 63

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

When the inspector quizzed the person in charged about food safety regulations, which he or she is supposed to know, the manager had no knowledge. Kitchen workers didn’t know the rules about hand washing and employees were unaware of the five illness symptoms.

More online: Read this week’s full inspection reports [PDF]

When the inspector watched the cook prepare food, the cook wasn’t wearing the required gloves.

Some ready-to-eat food kept in the refrigerator had no date marks. The date of first use is required to eliminate guessing as to when the food was first opened.

Cooked sausage was found at 78 degrees, which is too cool. The safe hot temperature to kill bacteria is 135 and above.

La Gota Fria will be reinspected soon.

Taco Boy Sports Bar and Grill, 747 Campbell Station Road – Original Grade: 77, New Grade: 96

Raw meat was found stored on a keg of beer. It’s best to put meat in the fridge, not on a cool keg. 

Employees had no knowledge of illness symptoms and when the cheese grater was checked, dried cheese bits were stuck in it. It hadn’t been washed properly.

Taco Boy has been reinspected. The original grade of 77 has been upgraded to a 96.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • Five Guys, 234 Brookview Center – Grade: 100
  • El Chico, 116 Cedar Lane – Grade: 100
  • Halls Deli & Cuban Cafe, 7438 Maynardville Highway – Grade: 100
  • Golden Garden, 5737 Western Avenue – Grade: 100
  • All Occasions Catering, 922 Central Avenue – Grade: 100
  • Chef Maurice & Company Catering Company, 131 Moody Avenue – Grade: 100
  • Sunspot, 2200 Cumberland Avenue – Grade: 100
  • McDonald’s, 1720 Cumberland Avenue – Grade: 100
  • McDonald’s, 7030 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Half Barrel Cafe, 1829 Cumberland Avenue – Grade: 100
  • Panda Garden, 2423 Callahan Drive – Grade: 100
  • Love That BBQ, 1901 Maynardville Pike – Grade: 100

Restaurant inspections are unannounced. If you see a problem, politely talk to the manager. If no action is taken, call the health department in the county where you live and report the violation.

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