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Kitchen inspections, Dec. 22-Jan. 6
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Dec. 22-Jan. 6 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.

Dec. 22

McDonald's Restaurant
965 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Waffle House No. 1865
5536 McEver Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 94, Grade: A
Foods kept uncovered in reach-in cooler (bacon, sausage, beef) and walk-in cooler (lettuce, hashbrowns). Gravy in hot-holding uncovered. Hot water sanitizing dish machine final rinse pressure above required PSI. Many pans and utensils stored with food debris and residue.
Inspector: Finch

Checkers Drive-in Restaurant
943 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Bulk container of pepper not labeled with common name. Sanitizer solution of sanitizer cloth bucket not appropriate concentration, per state rules.
Inspector: Finch

Jan. 4

Burger King-Thompson Bridge
P.O. Box 6305, Gainesville
Score: 89, Grade: B
Food employee did not wash hands between touching clothing and raw food. Ice machine has plastic breaking away in interior near door. Oil on shelf for dry storage. Ceiling tile near ice machine area split. Food employee's food stored on food prep table.
Inspector: Finch

Papa's Pizza To Go
2703 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Slicers had food residue. Coke diffusers have been peeling.
Inspector: Finch

Papa's Pizza To Go
2988 Gillsville Highway, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Some mold, mildew in holder for Coke machine diffusers. Inspection report not posted from previous inspection. Walk-in freezer floor inside peeling. Shelves above make-line coolers are greasy and dusty. Pizza oven has food debris. Floor in restroom needs repair near drain. Missing ceiling cover for air unit in kitchen and FRP on wall near mixer crooked.
Inspector: Finch

Jan. 5

Locos Deli
601 S. Enota, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Sanitizer solution dispensed from dishwasher is overconcentrated. Scoop for flour laying in flour. Pans stacked wet. Cutting board for sandwich cooler needs to be replaced or resurfaced. Walk-in cooler floor near door needs repairing. Reach-in cooler doors and handles with food debris, residue. Cooler gasket has food residue. Sandwich toaster has accumulated food debris. Ceiling tiles with accumulation of grease. Tiles in front of small cooler need to be regrouted.
Inspector: Finch

Jan. 6

Rabbit Town Cafe
2415 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Sliced cantaloupe from morning wrapped on ice for customer service with temperatures 48-55 degrees. Several coolers ­- one-door reach-in at cook line and two-door breakfast prep cooler - with damaged door gaskets.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

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