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Kitchen inspections, Jan. 28-Feb. 5
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Jan. 28-Feb. 5 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 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. 28

Fish Tales Lakeside Grille
6330 Mitchell St.,
Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Jan. 29

El Guanaco
1714 Atlanta Highway, Unit C, Gainesville
Score: 96, Grade: A
Georgia law required a CFSM to be on staff by Dec. 1, 2009.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

New China Buffet
250 John W. Morrow
Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 98, Grade: A
Aluminum foil covering nonfood contact surfaces. Hole in wall near floor between mop sink and three-compartment sink.
Inspector: McDuffie

El Sombrero No. 3
1792 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Some shelving covered with cardboard, some surfaces lined with aluminum foil.
Inspector: McDuffie

Captain D's
410 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
Several pans and utensils, slicer with food residue. Post inspection at drive-thru window. Store ice scoop on a clean and sanitized surface and not in-between heads on Coke machine. All dishes must be allowed to air dry before stacking. All shelves (especially in back prep area and walk in cooler) need cleaning; clean sides of fryers and inside coolers and freezers; repair peeling shelf in dry storage area; clean floor fan. Grease spilled in front of grease container. Damaged floor tiles, ceiling tiles, grout missing, water pooled, floors in walk-in freezer all need cleaning and repairing. Holes in walls in back storage areas and some with tape to fix holes. Ceiling near three-comp sink with mold and peeling down. Trash, water needs cleaning beside water heater. Repair broken light lens and missing lens under hood.
Inspector: Donna Black

Biscuit Shop
1724 Parkhill Place,
Score: 68, Grade: U
Many glove changes and task changes between handling ready-to-eat foods without washing hands. Open solo cups with drinks in kitchen. Boxes of eggs on floor from delivery three hours earlier at 61 degrees. Three flats of eggs on stove top at 65 degrees. Food handlers without proper hair restraint. No test strips are available to monitor the strength of the chlorine sanitizer (bleach) being used in cloth sanitizer containers. Grease container with grease dripping down front and onto concrete pad. Floor needs a good cleaning under grill and refrigerators at floor/wall juncture.
Inspector: Wentworth

Feb. 1

JGB Ice Cream, LLC
5857 Spout Springs Road, Suite A 305, Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Lydia Hoffhines

Cheeseburger Bobby's
5855 Spout Springs Road, Suite A 408, Flowery Branch
Score: 97, Grade: A
Pans and buckets stacked wet nested. Trash overflowing over top of dumpster. Loose garbage on ground in dumpster area.
Inspector: Hoffhines

Country Road Buffet
1703 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville
Score: 90, Grade: A
All foods in freezer and coolers must be stored covered. Knives, pans with food residue. Chicken, pie sitting out to thaw. Cutting board and knives that are cracked and chipped. Drains backing up when sinks such as three-comp sink.
Inspector: Black

Feb. 3

La Cazuela Mexican Restaurant
4965 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 95, Grade: A
Can of gas stored under prep table next to equipment; chemicals stored next to bulk foods in dry storage. Walk-in freezer with heavy condensate leak needs repairing - remove or resurface very rusty shelf at dish area. Shelves holding clean utensils, can rack, outside of mixer and blender with dust,
food residue.
Inspector: Black

Days Inn
520 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 92, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

Feb. 4

Country Hearth Inn & Suites
766 Jesse Jewel Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 93, Grade: A
Rooms 165, 159, 157, 164 need vacuuming, dusting. Trash, beer bottles all around and in dumpster enclosure; enclosure fence falling down; building materials, plumbing fixtures, etc. stored behind storage sheds; remove all trash and materials to prevent attraction of rodents and insects. Strong unpleasant odor in Room 164.
Inspector: McDuffie

Georgianna Motel
1630 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie
Ming's Buffet
150 Pearl Nix Parkway, Ste. H7, Gainesville
Score: 81, Grade: B
Workers in kitchen unable to answer basic food safety questions regarding cook temperatures, hand washing, glove usage, etc. Foods on buffet not at required hot holding temperature of 135 F. Foods stored on floor. Scoops in storage bins need better cleaning. Rice scoops stored in standing water. One of the toilets in the ladies restroom does not flush. Clean floors under cook line, especially under fryers; remove cardboard that is soaking up grease.
Inspector: McDuffie

Feb. 5

Burger King No. 13983
4760 Friendship Road, Buford
Score: 98, Grade: A
Grease container is dripping in dumpster enclosure. Floor around water heater and under shelves with bag in boxes needs detailed cleaning. Floor under customer drink center needs better cleaning.
Inspector: McDuffie

Papa John's Pizza
4605 Elk Ridge Court,
Flowery Branch
Score: 98, Grade: A
Gaskets on pizza make line doors and walk in cooler are damaged. Dumpster open, drain plug missing. Light at washer/dryer not shielded. Employee food items in walk-in cooler need to be segregated from for-sale items.
Inspector: McDuffie

Taqueria Las Palmas No. 2
1276 Industrial Blvd., Suite 1B, Gainesville
Score: 75, Grade: C
No certified food safety manager. Bare hands touching ready-to-eat foods. Eating and drinking from cups and bottles in kitchen. No soap or paper towels at hand sink. Dishes not being sanitized after rinsing. Beef stored in plastic to go bags. Cloths must stay in sanitizer between uses and not laying on counters.
Inspector: Black

Jennifer Messer

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