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Kitchen Inspections: Oct. 14-22
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 6-15 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 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 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. Establishments with drive-thru 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 at dph.georgia.gov/environmental-health-inspections.
To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 16-22 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 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. Establishments with drive-thru 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 at dph.georgia.gov/environmental-health-inspections.

To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

 

Oct. 14

Dari Spot

4841 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Hand sink found with dirty dishes; hand sinks must stay accessible at all times. Do not keep items in sink.

Inspector: Donna Black

 

North Hall Middle School

4856 Rilla Road, Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Walk-in cooler was leaking, with excess water being caught in a pan on the top shelf. Walk-in freezer had a leak near the back right corner, allowing ice to accumulate on the shelf and floor. Maintain cold holding units in a state of repair to prevent non potable water from coming into contact with food.

Inspector: Holly Cochran

 

Southern Smoq BBQ, LLC

7380 Spout Springs Road Suite 450, Flowery Branch

Score: 91, Grade: A

Ice machine next to glass front cooler had mold residue. Table mounted can opener had food buildup on the blade. Clean all food contact surfaces frequently enough to prevent buildup. Two cans of wasp spray in chemical cabinet were labeled “Never use indoors.” Poisonous or toxic materials must follow manufacturer’s use directions included in labeling. For a pesticide, manufacturer’s label instructions must state that use is allowed in a food service establishment. Scoop was found stored with handle in product of pork rinds. Utensils stored in food product must have handle above food to prevent contamination.

Inspector: Cochran

 

The Inn Between Delicatessen

965 Riverside Drive, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

 

Oct. 15

El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant

1830 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 84, Grade: B

Dishes and pans, all that are food contact surfaces, were not being sanitized after cleaning. These items must be sanitized after cleaning. Large container of beans found in cooler since yesterday and was 62 F in center; foods must cool from 135 F to 70 F within two hours, then from 70 F to 41 F within the next four hours. Foods were being stacked on top of foods that are not covered, chips in baskets being stacked on top of each other; to protect from possible contamination, foods must be covered if needed to be stacked. Dirty dishes were being washed in prep sink; this sink is designated for vegetable prep and washing only, no other activities can take place in this sink. All dishwashing must take place in the three-compartment sink.

Inspector: Black

 

Kona Ice of Greater Gainesville-Mobile Unit

1706 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. SE Suite 1400, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

 

La Mejor De Michoacan No. 4

730 Pearl Nix Parkway Suite B, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

No soap available in ladies restroom; dispenser has been removed. All hand sinks must stay stocked at all times with soap.

Inspector: Black

 

OCT. 16

Marisqueria Playa Azul

1736 Atlanta Highway Suite 500-700, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Black

 

OCT. 19

Dunkin Donuts

504 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 90, Grade: A

Hand sink beside prep cooler held a sauce container, scrubbing sponge and a plastic lid. Hand sink beside three-compartment sink contained two wiping cloths. Hand sinks are to be used for handwashing only and should be kept clean and free of other items to encourage proper handwashing practices. Container of cinnamon sugar beside display case, box of sprinkles in dry storage, and chocolate chips in reach-in cooler were all stored uncovered. Cover all food items to prevent contamination. Employee beverages in single-use disposable cups left on prep table. Employee belongings and drinks must be stored away from food prep or contact areas.

Inspector: Cochran

 

Mama-Ruth’s Kitchen

804 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville

Score: 98, Grade: A

Shelves underneath prep areas and cooking area, fans all with debris accumulation; clean all areas and keep clean. Paint on ceiling in dry storage room above restaurant peeling; repaint to prevent possible contamination from peeling paint.

Inspector: Black

 

Spout Springs School of Enrichment

6640 Spout Springs Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Cochran

 

Sugar Hill Elementary School

3259 Athens Highway, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Cochran

 

The Palace-3 Lil Pig’s BBQ

1705 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 96, Grade: A

Current certified food safety manager is expired; must obtain CFSM certification as soon as possible.

Inspector: Black

 

OCT. 20

Dean Myers Elementary School

2676 Candler Road, Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Cochran

 

La Mejor De Michoacan

1714 Atlanta Highway SW, Unit S, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Thawing frozen bags of milk in sink of warm water; thaw foods under running water with a temperature of not more than 70 F, for a period of time that does not allow thawed portion of the food to rise above 41 F. Boxes of food stored on floor in walk-in cooler, milk mix, grated cheese; all food storage should be 6 inches off floor to protect food from any possible contamination and to allow for easy cleaning underneath. Need to purchase more shelving to be able to keep all storage off floor. No sanitizer buckets set up to store wiping cloths that are lying on prep tables in the prep area. Between uses, cloths used to wipe food contact surfaces need to be stored in sanitizer solution between uses. Most dry bulk food containers have food containers that are buried in the food being used as scoops. Use serving scoops with handles that can be stored with the handles above the food and only handles are touched to serve the food. Raw wood used as shelving under sinks. Raw wood allows spills to seep in and they cannot be cleaned properly. Seal the wood with epoxy paint to keep the wood smooth, durable and easily cleanable. Some of the metal ice cream containers are coming apart at the bottoms seams and could allow food to accumulate in these cracks. There are new ones in the facility so the old ones can be separated and replaced as needed. No test strips available to test the strength of sanitizer being used in the three-compartment sink and cloth storage containers. Using chlorine, need to purchase chlorine test strips.

Inspector: Wentworth

 

O’Charley’s No. 256

1711 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

Score: 92, Grade: A

Hand sink near prep line was blocked with a baking pan. Sink had mushrooms inside. Hand sinks must be accessible at all times and used for no other purposes than hand washing. Wiping cloths were stored on the prep line counter. Cloths must be stored in sanitizing solution when not in use. Gap found at mop sink and wall juncture. Reseal to prevent water and food debris from accumulating.

Inspector: Cochran

 

Oakwood Elementary School

4500 Allen St., Oakwood

Score: 96, Grade: A

Cherry tomatoes and cut tomatoes and cucumbers were stored uncovered in the walk-in cooler. Foods with edible peels must be stored covered to prevent contamination.

Inspector: Cochran

 

Wasabi

3446 Winder Highway, Flowery Branch

Score: 92, Grade: A

Knives, peelers, containers, inside microwaves with food residue; clean and sanitize all times and check for cleanliness before storage. No dates on ready to eat foods that are prepared; a seven-day expiration date is required on foods held longer than 24 hours.

Inspector: Black

 

West Hall Middle School

5470 McEver Road, Oakwood

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Wentworth

 

OCT. 21

Loretta’s Country Kitchen

Address 4305 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Score: 84, Grade: B

Large number of leftover sausage patties in wrapped pan from breakfast in walk-in cooler with temperatures from 48 F-64 F after cooling six hours. Cool cooked potentially hazardous foods from 135 F-70 F within two hours and from 135 F to 41 F within a total of six hours. Cold bar needs a sneeze-shield on bottom of tiered unit and either invert tableware on shelves above food or install sneeze-shield on all tiers. Food must be protected from possible contamination from customers in the buffet line. Chow chow out for customer service on the buffet line is in a container on ice with not covering-this item must also be protected from any possible customer contamination by covering somehow. Kitchenware, bowls and plates stored on shelf above service line with food and lip surface of kitchenware exposed; these items must be inverted to protect food and lip contact surface or somehow protected in another way from any possible customer contamination. Numerous flies observed in the kitchen area. Pest control operator contacted to help with control measures. Outside back door many congregate around mop sink and come in when back door is opened. Keep mop sink clean to prevent any attraction.

Inspector: Wentworth

 

Riverbend Elementary

1742 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

Score: 94, Grade: A

Employee bottled drink on prep table next to orange juicer. Drinks may only be in a disposable cup (single-service) with a lid and a straw and stored to prevent any possible contamination of food and food contact surfaces.

Inspector: Wentworth

 

OCT. 22

Antebellum Restaurant LLC

5510 Church Street, Flowery Branch

Score: 95, Grade: A

Food handler working with food without hair restraint; whenever food is handled (including preparation before opening) food handlers are required to have hair restraint. Floor needs better cleaning at floor and wall juncture in dish pit area and server area; accumulation of grease and dust and equipment pieces.

Inspector: Wentworth

 

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