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Kitchen Inspections, Oct. 9 - 15
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Oct. 9-15 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.
Oct. 9
Marisqueria El Antojito
1714 Atlanta Highway, Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
No certified food safety manager on staff. Forks for customers in bin at front counter.
Inspector: Laurie Wentworth

Mie Pie Pizza Creations
3418 Mundy Mill Road, Gainesville
Score: 99, Grade: A
Floors and ceiling tiles need to be cleaned better to remove food residue and dust.
Inspector: Donna Black

Oct. 13
Atlas Pizza
104 Washington St., N.W., Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: Black

587 S. Enota Drive,
Score: 95, Grade: A
Walk-in cooler struggling to maintain required temperatures. Gaskets on all six doors on make line coolers under prep station and on walk-in cooler are damaged. Lid broken on cardboard dumpster. Grease spilled outside of dumpster enclosure, inside enclosure, and on dumpster. Floors in dry storage areas, especially under equipment, shelving, etc. have food, dirt, trash, etc.
Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Common Grounds Coffee Shoppe
5510 Main St., Flowery Branch
Score: 89, Grade: B
Coke nozzle had some mold, mildew; food slicer had some food debris, utensils and pan lids had some food debris. No detectable amount of sanitizer in cloth sanitizer buckets. Water and cloths dirty. Reach-in freezer gasket damaged causing door to allow warm air entry, ice on gasket. Small reach-in cooler in front is 50 degrees F. Interior of reach-in cooler and freezer need to be cleaned more frequently to prevent accumulation off dirt, dust and food debris. Clean beneath coke machine and espresso machine frequently. Clean floors all the way to the floor/wall juncture more frequently to remove dirt, food residue, etc.
Inspector: Shelby Finch

Pizza Hut
1398 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville
Score: 85, Grade: B
Make line cooler and salad bar not holding required temperature. Sauce on self serve bar at 116 F — reheated to 181 F by manager. Do not use buffet unit for reheating. Employees not wearing hair restraint. Grease container on grass. Trash on ground in dumpster enclosure behind dumpster. Floors under three-compartment sink, ware washer with mold, mildew, water, food, etc.
Inspector: McDuffie

203 B EE Butler Parkway, Gainesville
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Peachtree Plantation
4251 Hudson Drive, Oakwood
Score: 99, Grade: A
Shelves in dry storage starting to have paint peel off, exposing bare wood.
Inspector: Black

Oct. 14
Starbucks — Kroger F.B.
4025 Winder Highway,
Flowery Branch
Score: 100, Grade: A
Inspector: McDuffie

Buffalo’s Cafe
3446 Winder Highway, Suite 101, Flowery Branch
Score: 96, Grade: A
Broken thermometer in walk-in freezer. Floors throughout have grease, water, food, etc. Vents missing from hood system.
Inspector: McDuffie

Oct. 15
Riverside Military
2100 Riverside Drive,
Score: 97, Grade: A
Pans, utensils, dishes, etc. stored wet. Dispensing tubes of bulk milk containers too long. Drawers in kitchen need cleaning. Tubing and drain trays on soda dispensers have mold. mildew.
Inspector: McDuffie

Cafe N’ Crepes
105 Bradford St., Gainesville
Score: 95, Grade: A
Wooden utensil for spreading crepe batter is molded. Sanitizer in three-compartment sink at a level below required: 50-100 ppm.
Inspector: McDuffie

Flowery Branch High School

6603 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch
Score: 93, Grade: A
Tongs, scoops, plunger for Robo Coupe stored with dried food debris on them. Oatmeal in a tightly covered container struggling to cool from 135 degrees to 70 degrees within two hours.
Inspector: Wentworth

Jennifer Messer

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