OSHA makes ruling in nitrogen leak that killed 6 at Foundation Food Group
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Kitchen Inspections for Dec. 11-17
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Dec. 11-17 by the Hall County Environmental Health Department. New rules and regulations for food service began on Dec. 1, 2007. Food service establishments will now be 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 will be conducted based on risk categorization. The risk type shall be 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 new rules are available at the Hall County Environmental health Office. The rules and regulations are also available online at To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.
Dec. 14
East Hall Middle School
4120 East Hall Road,
Score: 90, Grade: A
Several bottles of water on front line. Inside of drawers under prep table with accumulation of food debris. Hood vents need cleaning — dusty, greasy. Back side of slicer blade with dried food debris. Baseboard tile missing between end of wall and freezer door. Baseboard tile pulled away from wall between cooler and walk-in freezer.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Dean Myers Elementary School
2676 Candler Road,
Score: 99, Grade: A
Cardboard dumpster damaged and no drain plug. Repair/replace ceiling tiles in storage in far left corner and push down loose tiles. Floors need thorough cleaning and good dusting of cobwebs and debris beneath racks.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

White Sulphur
2480 Old Cornelia Highway, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Hand sink blocked at start of inspection by large number of folded shipping boxes. Final rinse pressure of hot water sanitizing dish machine too high. Scoop for ice machine sit on top of machine. Ceiling dusty around most diffusers in kitchen.
Inspector: Wentworth

Friends Cafe at Spout Springs Library
6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Gainesville Civic Center
830 Green St., Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Food residue underneath grill inside hot box. Clean to prevent insect, rodent attraction. Clean off widow frames — dead insects on frames. Floors with debris especially at floor/wall juncture. Wall behind dish machine with heavy mold accumulation.
Inspector: Donna Black

Fair Street Elementary
Fair Street, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Rinse temp at dish machine not reaching required temp. Dust accumulation on fans and spigots, and inside of hood.
Inspector: Black

Dec. 15
The Little Yellow
Coffee House
1447 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

3208 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Cardboard dumpster open. Floors around heater and under shelves need detailed cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

North Hall Middle School
4856 Rilla Road, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Serving line missing sneeze shields for upper shelves where items stored. Container of sour cream for students to dip their own covered with plastic wrap that does not protect from contamination when not covered back each time. Second dumpster has hole in front where liquids can leak out of dumpster.
Inspector: Wentworth

North Hall High School
4885 Mount Vernon Road, Gainesville
Score: 94, Grade: A
Spray bottles of sanitizer with employee names on them instead of labeled as “sanitizer.” Freezer has damaged threshold plate — is not fastened to keep it tight to floor — needs repair, it is a tripping hazard. Electrical coils behind evaporator in walk-in cooler dusty (moldy).
Inspector: Wentworth
The Grill at
Chicopee Woods
2515 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Only hand sink blocked with utensils. Dating system inaccurate. Floors under equipment need detailed cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

Mount Vernon
4844 Jim Hood Road,
Score: 99, Grade: A
Wall fans need better dusting, especially the ones on the front line to prevent dust from blowing onto food contact surfaces. Dish machine not in service at inspection.
Inspector: Wentworth

Dec. 16
Mellow Mushroom
700 Green Street, Gainesville
Score: 88, Grade: B
Open drink cans in kitchen. No paper towels at bar hand sinks. Both containers of sour cream in walk-in cooler past manufacturers use by date. Food handlers with dirty aprons. Food handler with bracelet. No test strips to monitor strength of automatically dispensed sanitizer. Cloth storage buckets with accumulation of food. Walk-in freezer with leak from evaporator that has accumulated over 1/4 of the floor. Old walk-in cooler (existing unit) has a seam of the floor that has separated, allowing gap that can accumulate to water and food underneath floor and also be a tripping hazard.
Inspector: Wentworth

Taqueria El Zacatecaz
711-D Industrial Blvd., Gainesville
Score: 65, Grade: U
No one has attended the required certification training. Food handler several times just rinsed hands under water at hand sink — must use soap to loosen soil on hands. Cooked beef at 80 degrees F in container on prep table. Personal items, cell phones cannot be left on prep tables with food in kitchen. Food handler eating in kitchen — plate and fork on top of container of food on prep table.
Inspector: Wentworth

1402 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Gaskets on all four drawer coolers, walk-in cooler, and make line coolers, are damaged. Grease container leaking; dumpster plug missing.
Inspector: McDuffie

Kiku Japanese Steak and Sushi House
821 Dawsonville Highway, Suite 260, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Employees’ hat and coat stored with food.
Inspector: McDuffie

Taqueria La Fogata
5120 C Thompson Bridge Road, Murrayville
Score: 89, Grade: B
Employee drinks in food prep areas must be in single service cups with tight fitting lids and straws. No usable paper towels in employee bathroom, stuck inside broken dispenser. Sanitizer concentration not reaching minimum required on test strips, many cloths out on prep tables and under cutting board, store submerged in sanitizer between uses. Many utensils are melted, pitted or chipped. Back door open; if desire to use provided screen door, must repair holes and tears and must be tight fitting to door frame with no gaps. Dead pests under hand washing sink cabinet.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Mie Pie Pizza Creations
3418 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Expired food from Oct. 30, 2009. Cloths laying on prep tables and in prep sinks. Continue to work on cleaning floors especially at floor/wall juncture. Repair broken light shield in back kitchen.
Inspector: Donna Black
Dec. 17
Smokehouse Catering
3205 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 83, Grade: B
Pulled pork in hot holding cabinets not being held at required 135 degrees F or above. Current cabinets are small units with heated bottom stacked on unit with multiple plug-ins. Dumpster kept on gravel bed. Floors, walls and ceiling throughout kitchen need a thorough cleaning — food splatters on walls, ceilings and grease accumulation on floors under, beside stove, oven and dish washing area. Plastic light lens over light fixture above stove is melted exposing fluorescent bulb inside. Outside lose spigot needs a back flow prevent.
Inspector: Wentworth

Johnny’s BBQ Inc.
1710 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Wentworth

Atlas Pizza
104 Washington St., N.W., Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
All drinks in kitchen must be single service and have a straw and lid. Jackets, tools, etc., on prep surfaces.
Inspector: Black

Top of Gainesville
787 Hospital Drive,
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Sweet Magnolias
118 Main St., S.W., Suite 10, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
No paper towels at back hand sink. Cloths not in sanitizer and solution dry. Inside microwave with heavy food accumulation. Clean dust off side of ice machine vent. Also, clean inside hoods and spigots (ansul system) where dust has accumulated.
Inspector: Black

Jennifer Messer
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