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Kitchen inspections for April 1-12
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from April 1-12 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.


April 1

South Hall Middle School
4335 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch
Score: 96, Grade: A
Quat sanitizer concentration in three-compartment sink not reaching required end-use concentration of 200 ppm. Water temperature at 53 F, too low for Quat sanitizer to be active.
Inspector: Wentworth

April 2

Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center
1855 Calvary Road, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Sliced tomatoes in container at condiment table not held at required 41 F or below. Personal cell phone on prep area with condiments.
Inspector: Wentworth

April 4

Green Tea Restaurant
7380 Spout Springs Road, Suite 430, Flowery Branch
Score: 94, Grade: A
Peeler, knives, pans, etc., with food residue. Teapots with teabags left inside. Shelves, drawers (walk-in cooler, dry storage, etc.), outside of bulk food containers with dust, food debris. Floors and walls with food residue, floors especially greasy underneath grill area. Clothes stored on top of boxes of foods on shelf in dry storage.
Inspector: Black

April 5

Lanier Village Estates, Inc.
4000 Village View Drive, Gainesville
Score: 86, Grade: B
Food employee did not wash hands before going from different tasks. Salmon prepped using gloves; gloves discarded and food surfaces touched. Food employee did not wear gloves when handling bread used to absorb grease from the ready-to-eat bacon. Cookies in paper holders stored below cabinet and not stored covered. Teflon pans for omelets stored with food debris; knife, ice cream scoops in dipper wells without water; and some pans had food debris. Dust on ceiling panels and light covers near vents. Shatterproof light bulbs need to replace regular light bulbs in heat lamp at cafe.
Inspector: Finch

Hibachi Grill and Sushi Buffet
1500 Browns Bridge Road, Suite 117, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Cups, thermoses throughout kitchen for personal drinks. Food in bucket of water sitting down in hand sink. Foods (different types) sitting in standing water at prep sinks, prep tables. To thaw foods water must be constantly running and over flowing sides of pans; cannot sit in standing water. Desk with damaged wooden top being used as a prep surface. Food debris (dried pieces of food, grease) inside drawers, containers.
Inspector: Black

Biba's Italian Restaurant
7338 Spout Springs Road, Suite 18/19, Flowery Branch
Score: 95, Grade: A
Several shelves of premade salads in display cooler in prep area not covered. Breading container for calamari only being cleaned and sanitized once per day. Two-door upright cooler in cook area has damaged gaskets on both doors. No test strips for Quaternary Ammonium sanitizer tablets being used as sanitizer in three-compartment sink in kitchen, three-compartment bar sink and in sanitizer buckets for cloth storage. Need QUAT test strips.
Inspector: Wentworth

Morningside Assisted Living Facility
2435 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 86, Grade: B
Food employee did not wash hands between different tasks such as washing dirty dishes then going to clean dishes. Chemical bottles stored on clean drain board of three-compartment sink next to clean dishes and utensils. Food employee did not remove gloves between different tasks.
Inspector: Finch

April 6

Loretta's Country Kitchen
4305 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 95, Grade: A
Gloves being washed off by employee wearing gloves at hand sink. Several sinks, especially hand sink next to three-compartment sink, separating from wall. Shelves outside of convection oven with dust, grease accumulation. Walls dirty throughout restaurant. Wall in back storage room behind can rack with paint peeling. Floor tiles and coved baseboard in numerous areas throughout entire kitchen damaged, missing.
Inspector: Black

Friends Cafe at Spout Springs Library
6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 96, Grade: A
Wiping cloth for food contact surfaces not stored in prepared solution between uses.
Inspector: McDuffie

Cabos Mex Grill II
7367 Spout Springs Road, Suite 150, Flowery Branch
Score: 90, Grade: A
Soda gun and dispenser nozzle of margarita machine have mold, mildew on surfaces. Date marking system not approved; food marked for 10 days holding. Foods may not be held past seven days. Vegetable sink is no longer attached to wall, and no longer sealed. Grease container has grease accumulation on top and on the ground. Cove molding at back door missing. Light bulb in hood not shielded.
Inspector: McDuffie

Cheeseburger Bobby's
5855 Spout Springs Road, Suite A, 408
Score: 92, Grade: A
Burger seasoning in unmarked container. Condiments stored in plastic containers with food debris, dust, etc. Paper cup used to dispense burger seasoning stored in bulk container. Cup lids stored on wall mounted dispenser have dust, food debris. Straw dispenser greasy with food debris. Single serve items stored in a greasy box under the counter. Hood system has accumulation of grease, light shields covered and dripping.
Inspector: McDuffie

3724 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
Score: 89, Grade: B
Unsweetened tea pitcher has buildup on interior of lid and inside of pitcher. Vegetable cutting boards have mold, mildew. Consumer self-serve condiments are stored in plastic containers which have food debris. Various sauce dispensers have sauce on several surfaces. Some gaskets on make lines damaged. Hand sink in corner by chicken prep area no longer attached to wall. Hood systems have a large accumulation of grease and dust. Hole in dry wall by water heater in dry storage area. Floor in dry storage, especially by water heater needs better cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

Knuckleheads Sports Pub and Restaurant
5466 McEver Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

April 7

China Gourmet
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite E8, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Knife washed off in prep sink then hand ran down blade to remove water. Bulk foods not labeled and one fading. Knife, bowl, cutting board being washed in prep sink. Ceiling tiles wrong kind and falling near walk-in cooler. Walls and floors throughout kitchen need cleaning.
Inspector: Black

Jay Lou's Restaurant
940 Pine St., Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Mold on ice dispenser at customer self-service machine. Sections of counter top separating from base and cracked. A couple of light shields in kitchen cracked.
Inspector: Black

Hong Kong King Buffet
635 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 50, Grade: U
CFSM unable to communicate information regarding required temperatures, food handling, hand washing (questions asked through another employee translating); based on questions and food safety practices in kitchen, CFSM does not practice basic food safety. Discussed with manager via telephone that employees lacked basic training or food-handling knowledge. Employee rinsed gloves, other employees rinsed hands at non-designated sink by ware washing area. Employee drinking from a bottle. No soap at hand sink in kitchen or ladies room. Most foods in walk-in cooler, freezer, reach-ins, and make line not covered. Soda nozzles have an accumulation. Make-line cooler struggling; food temperatures from 49 to 64 F. Foods on cold bar not as required - temps from 49 to 58 F. No written procedure in place for holding sushi. No dating system in place. Bus pan of tilapia, two bus pans of chopped pork, bus pan of calamari strips, two bus pans of salmon, one bus pan of octopi and 40 pounds of shrimp all thawing at room temperature. Bus pan of frozen octopi in water on floor under hand sink; food stored on floor in cooler and freezer. Sneeze shield on cold bar buffet does extend far enough to protect top shelf of foods. No sign informing customers to use clean plates. Employee not wearing hair restraint. Inspection posted is from April 5, 2010; most recent inspection must be posted as soon as received. Gaskets on walk-in and make line are heavily damaged. Cutting boards need to be resurfaced or replaced. Most sinks not sealed to wall. Gaskets on all coolers have mold, mildew, food debris, water, clean thoroughly and frequently to prevent contamination and insect, rodent attraction. Hood dripping grease. Dumpster open. Trash all over dumpster enclosure. Grease container covered with grease, ground under it covered. Floors, walls and ceilings have grease, food splatters, water. Gaps around vents in ceiling and wall large enough to allow entrance to insects, rodents; back door has a 2-inch gap at the bottom.
Inspector: McDuffie

April 12

Luna's Restaurant
200 Main St. SW, Suite 102, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Hand-washing posters missing at hand sinks in kitchen and in restrooms, notifying food employees to wash their hands. Utensils, pans, and bowls stored and stacked wet.
Inspector: Finch


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