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Kitchen inspections, Aug. 23-Sept. 10
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Aug. 23-Sept. 10 by the Hall County Environmental Health Department. Food service establishments are given a letter grade that coincides with a percentile: "A" (90-100), "B" (80-89), "C" (70-79), "U" 69 and below. Inspections (frequency of) a food service establishment are conducted based on risk categorization. The risk type is determined by the menu items served, the food preparation processed performed, and the previous food safety history in the food service establishment.

A new food service establishment that has never served food must score 100 (A) to receive a food service permit to operate. When a restaurant changes ownership, a new food service permit must be issued. To be issued a food service permit for a change of ownership, the establishment must score a 95 (A) or above with all Foodborne Illness Risk factors and Public Health Interventions in compliance. Permits must be posted in public view at all times. Food service establishments with drive-through windows will also be required to have the top one-third of a copy of the most current inspection report visible through each window allowing customers to easily read the score, date of inspection and establishment information, in addition to the copy posted inside the establishment. Copies of the rules are available at the Hall County Environmental health Office. The rules and regulations are also available online.

To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

Aug. 23

Sweet Magnolias
118 Main St. SW, Suite 10, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Drinks in kitchen not proper containers. Several utensils with food residue and bottoms of containers.
Inspector: Donna Black

Aug. 24

Harbor Landing at Lake Lanier Islands
7000 Holiday Road, Buford
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Aug. 27

Joe Muggs at Books-A-Million
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite D9, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Ice scoop with crack and front part chipped. Walls around mop sink and floors underneath, beside equipment, at floor/wall juncture needs to be cleaned.
Inspector: Black

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
4758 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 94, Grade: A
Chemical sanitizer automatically dispensed at 3-compartment sink for use in sanitizing pans manually washed and sanitized at 3-compartment sink and used to fill cloth storage buckets dispersed throughout kitchen to store cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces not dispensing required level of chlorine sanitizer or intermittently dispensing correct amount. One of the trash Dumpsters (middle) has leak on lower right side. Return vents over fry storage, salad prep area with heavy dust accumulation. Left-side of ice machine in dishroom with brooms, trash can lids and accumulated trash, dirt.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

El Carreton
608 Atlanta Highway,
Score: 90, Grade: A
Manager is reported Certified Food Safety Manager for establishment but certificate has never been verified. Not enough sanitizer in cloth storage container. No sanitizer test strips available to monitor level of sanitizer (chlorine) in cloth storage containers and sanitizer compartment of 3-compartment sink. Hood roof vent is dripping grease that drips down side of trailer to ground. Some grease accumulation on plastic corrugated roof above breezeway between trailer and storage building.
Inspector: Wentworth

Aug. 30

Hall County Correctional Institution
1685 Barber Road, Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Slicer, pans stored with food residue. Large hotel pan of peas in cooler from service last night at 49 degrees.
Inspector: Wentworth

Aug. 31

Spout Springs Elementary
6640 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Rolling rack with mixing bowl in dry storage with debris in mixing bowl. Paint peeling on wall above mop sink.
Inspector: Wentworth

Flowery Branch High School
6603 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Rolling tray (food tray) carts need a good cleaning. Dumpster area littered with trash. Remove pallets stacked up at back loading dock.
Inspector: Wentworth

Sept. 2

Mayflower Buffet
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite H7, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Burger & Shake III
1730 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 78, Grade: C
Employee dressing burgers, plating fries without gloves. Employee coffee cup without lid. Mold, mildew on soda diffusers and dispenser nozzles. Storage on the floor. Cook not wearing hair restraint. Make line gasket torn. Mold, mildew on ice cream freezer gasket. Dust on cords, fans, vent covers of equipment. Fluorescent light nearly out in walk-in. End caps missing from light. Hood system requires detailed cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

Brenau University Dining Room
1 Centennial Circle, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Floor throughout needs detailed cleaning. Cove molding is coming away from walls in several areas. FRP coming away from wall.
Inspector: McDuffie

Sept. 8

C.W. Davis Middle School
4450 Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 93, Grade: A
Hot water sanitizing dish machine final rinse pressure not reaching required 15 to 25 psi. Cut lemons out for teacher's drinks without a cover. Salsa out for students with metal cover that does not cover product completely to prevent any possible contamination.
Inspector: Wentworth

Martin Elementary
4216 Martin Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 90, Grade: A
Slicer with food debris left on blade (knife), blade (knife) cradle. Hot water sanitizing dish machine final rinse pressure gauge is nonoperational. Spray bottle hanging on prep table unlabeled. Wall mounted fans all need better cleaning. Return vent on left side of dry storage very dusty.
Inspector: Wentworth

Sept. 9

Sylvester Jones Elementary
Sixth Street-Chicopee, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Ice machine baffel with mold growth along edge. Ice for teacher's drinks in a large stainless steel bowl on rolling cart in dining area of cafeteria.
Inspector: Wentworth

Irish Bred Pub and Grill
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite B12, Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Make line foods out of temperature. Hot-held foods out of temperature. Storage on the floor. Employees without hair restraint. Cooks with towels tucked into pockets, apron strings, etc. Floors throughout need detailed cleaning. Hood system needs attention.
Inspector: McDuffie

Sept. 10

Oven House Pizza
3904 Winder Highway, Suite B, Oakwood
Score: 63, Grade: U
No certified food safety manager on staff. Food handler making salads taking lettuce and condiments directly out of containers with bare hands. No paper towels available at hand sink in kitchen. Many lexan containers on shelf after cleaning and sanitizing are greasy, food debris. Can opener blade with large metal shaving accumulation and greasy. Lasagna made last week not date labeled. Food handlers without proper hair restraint. Food handler with bracelet, ornate rings. Soda nozzles and diffusers being washed at vegetable prep sink. Inspection not posted where public can view from 1 inch away. Restroom hand sinks not sealed to wall as requested. Three-compartment sink interiors with peeling silicone. Door gaskets on pizza make line torn. No back flow preventer on faucet at mop sink with hose attached and laying in sink. Coved baseboard coming loose from wall in several places in kitchen. Wall behind 3-compartment sink dirty, greasy. Baby stroller, bouncy seat, baby bottles in kitchen.
Inspector: Wentworth

Jennifer Messer

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