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Kitchen Inspections for Jan. 7-15
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Jan. 7-15 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 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 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.

Jan. 7

Georgia Dog
4360 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 92, Grade: A
No dates on foods. Box of cabbage on floor. Cloths not being stored in sanitizer between uses. Jackets, bags on shelf with utensils and food.
Inspector: Donna Black

3724 Mundy Mill Road,
Score: 96, Grade: A
Container, ladle and cutting board had food residue.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Jake’s Catering at Liberty Mutual
2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 85, Grade: B
Coke machine diffusers have mold, mildew. Vegetable peeler had dust and some rust. Food items (cheese, cooked rice, broccoli and cheese, hamburger steak) not date-labeled. Sanitizer cloths not kept in sanitizer solution between uses and immeasurable amount of sanitizer in sanitizer buckets. Walk-in freezer has condensate drippage which is dripping on top of food items. No test strips available for the sanitizer concentration in the ware washing machine. Condenser fan in walk-in cooler has accumulation of dust.
Inspector: Finch

Jan. 11

Pueblos Mexican Cuisine
3630 Thompson Bridge Road No. 1, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Residue on can opener and chopper. Pans being scrubbed with soapy water and rinsed, then set on air drying rack.
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

T.J. Applebee’s
1705 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Employees eating in kitchen. Many utensils and kitchenware (slicer, pans, cups, etc.) with food debris. Water dripping from vent in wait area. Clean ceiling tiles throughout kitchen that have dust and lights under hood. Couple of light shields in kitchen are cracked and need replacing.
Inspector: Black

Sun Garden Chinese Restaurant
3630 Thompson Bridge Road No. 17, Gainesville
Score: 91, Grade: A
Employees wiping hands on aprons, touching cooler handles and back door handle after handling raw chicken.
Inspector: Hoffhines

Jake’s Cafeteria
125 Myrtle St., Gainesville
Score: 87, Grade: B
Walk-in cooler not keeping food temperatures 41 F or below. Steam line out front and in back had food items that were not at the required 135 F hot holding temperature. Time as a public health control is used for the cold bar items and some fried items on the hot holding bar (fried chicken, chicken livers); however, not labeled with a four-hour discard time. Many food items in coolers not date marked with a seven-day discard date.
Inspector: Finch

Ming’s Buffet
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Suite H7, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Slicer blade with heavy accumulation of food debris on back of blade. Stainless steel put over rotting plywood (shelving) under drink station needs to be sealed at edges. One of the toilets in the ladies restroom does not flush.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Burger King/Thompson Bridge
P.O. Box 6305, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Plates at threshold of walk-in cooler and freezer have puddled water. Pans have accumulation of baked-on debris.
Inspector: Hoffhines

Taqueria El Zacatecaz
Industrial Blvd., Gainesville
Score: 85, Grade: B
Slicer blade, cradle with dried food debris, chute of food grinder with food residue. Potentially hazardous foods on steam table not held at required hot holding temperatures of 135 degrees or above.
Inspector: Wentworth

Jan. 12

Todino’s Pizza
150 Pearl Nix Parkway,
Suite E6, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Walls and floors at floor/wall juncture need to be clean and free of food residue.
Inspector: Black

Taqueria Silao
1710 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 80, Grade: B
Beef on counter with temp 78 F. No foods with dates. No stem thermometer.
Inspector: Black

Jan. 13

La Bamba
2052 Candler Highway, Gainesville
Score: 86, Grade: B
Chemicals stored on shelf with utensils, pans. Stem thermometer missing. Cloths not in sanitizer, being washed out in sink. Move inspection report from behind counter and place hand washing signs at all hand sinks. All shelves in dry storage and inside cooler and freezer need to be cleaned. Clean trash on ground and place top back on trash can. Repair missing coved baseboard and damaged tiles under three-compartment sink and clean floors and walls under grill area.
Inspector: Black

Farm House BBQ
5340 Cornelia Highway, Building 3, Alto
Score: 90, Grade: A
Pork and chili in steam table with temps 98 to 115 F.
Inspector: Black

Locos Deli
601 S Enota, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Gaskets on make lines torn. Gaskets have food debris. Dumpsters open. Grease containers dripping onto ground.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

El Sombrero No. 9
601 S. Enota Drive,
Score: 98, Grade: A
Gaskets on two door cooler damaged. Gaskets on make line have food debris, etc. Dumpsters open. Grease dripping from containers to the ground. Floors throughout need better cleaning, especially under shelving, equipment, etc. Hood system needs cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

Jan. 14

Oven House Pizza
3904 Winder Highway,
Suite B, Oakwood
Score: 81, Grade: B
Drink in glass sitting on cutting board at salad make line at start of inspection. Coke dispenser diffusers with mold, tomato slicer stored with dried bits of tomato in blades, cutting board at vegetable (prep sink) needs cleaning, knives stored in cans above pizza make line with food debris (greasy blades). Prep tables with food build-up debris. Lasagna, chicken prepared several days ago without proper date marking. No thermometer available to monitor cook, reheat and hot and cold held food temperatures. Food handlers preparing pizzas without proper hair restraint. Both drain boards at three-compartment sink need cleaning, and clean drain board where clean and sanitized kitchenware and utensils will be air-dried needs to be cleaned and sanitized frequently to prevent recontamination of cleaned and sanitized items.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

3405 Atlanta Highway,
Flowery Branch
Score: 94, Grade: A
Employees wearing two pairs of disposable gloves. Gasket on cooler torn. Gaskets have accumulation of food, water, etc. Hot water not reaching above 80 F. Dumpsters open. Dumpster area with debris. Grease container dripping into enclosure. Cove molding broken, missing; some floor tiles broken. Vent systems dripping grease.
Inspector: McDuffie

Taqueria Susy’s
4251 Winder Highway,
Flowery Branch
Score: 95, Grade: A
Georgia State law required a certified food safety manager be on staff by Dec. 1, 2009. Gaskets on make line have a heavy accumulation of food debris, water, etc.
Inspector: McDuffie

Burger King/Mundy Mill
P.O. Box 6305, Gainesville
Score: 97, Grade: A
Hot water at hand sink not getting above 80 F. Dumpster open. Grease container dripping onto ground.
Inspector: McDuffie

Jan. 15

7000 Holiday Road, Buford
Score: 92, Grade: A
Many tongs (in stainless steel bowl) on rolling rack for use with food debris on them. Several expired quarts of milk. Floor/wall juncture along end wall in kitchen with accumulation of grease, food.
Inspector: Wentworth

Jennifer Messer

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