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Kitchen inspections, Sept. 4-10
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The following are among the food service establishments inspected from Sept. 4-10 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. To register a complaint against a food service establishment, contact the Hall County Environmental Health Department at 770-531-3973.

Sept. 4

Re-cess Southern Gastro Pub

118 Bradford St., Gainesville

Score: 100, Grade: A

Inspector: Kathleen McDuffie

Hampton Inn & Suites

4660 Holland Dam Road, Flowery Branch

Score: 97, Grade: A

Bags of sausage gravy in standing water and in sink compartment thawing.

Inspector: Donna Black

Waffle House No. 1688

2880 Browns Bridge Road, S.W., Gainesville

Score: 88, Grade: B

Hand sink blocked by ladder. Pans stored dirty in drawer. Gaskets on coolers have dried food debris, water, mold and mildew.

Inspector: McDuffie

Sept. 9

Papa’s Pizza To Go

6483 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 80, Grade: B

Food in hot holding out of temperature. Employee without hair restraint. Gaskets on upright and pizza make-line coolers damaged. All gaskets have accumulation of food, water, mold, mildew. Drywall at floor level under drive through window has deteriorated and can no longer support cove molding. Died food debris on shelving under most counters, prep area. Rodent droppings in cabinets under front counter and behind shelving in dry storage area.

Inspector: McDuffie

Country House Restaurant

6443 Cleveland Highway, P.O. Box 337, Clermont

Score: 87, Grade: B

Interior of microwave has dried food splatters on all surfaces. Cleaning cloths on counters, equipment, etc. Gaskets have an accumulation of dried food, water, mold, mildew. Septic system failing — water on ground. Grease container dripping onto ground. Cove molding missing or no longer attached throughout most of kitchen. Ceiling tiles and vents with accumulation of dust, grease.

Inspector: McDuffie

Mr. Edd’s Pizza Plus

5205 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 94, Grade: A

Drink nozzles with buildup. Cove molding coming away from walls. Holes in wall under three-compartment sink.

Inspector: McDuffie

Gibby’s BBQ

380 Cleveland Highway, Clermont

Score: 80, Grade: B

Cups, bottle drinks on prep tables. Chicken, ribs, corn, stew and other foods in hot holding with temps 112-123 degrees. Chicken laying in sink to thaw — chicken was placed in container and water turned on to thaw chicken. Dumpsters need to be on pad and also grease container. Grease, food on floors throughout kitchen, walk-in cooler and in BBQ pit area.

Inspector: Black

Bell Minor Home

2200 Old Hamilton Place, N.E., Gainesville

Score: 99, Grade: A

Test strips missing for chlorine sanitizer.

Inspector: Black

Sept. 10

Hong Kong King Buffet

635 Jesse Jewell Parkway, Gainesville

Score: 88, Grade: B

Foods uncovered in coolers and freezers. Foods stored on floor in prep area, walk in cooler — chicken laying on back prep area with chicken laying up against wall that has electrical boxes and pealing paint. Lights missing black end caps in kitchen areas.

Inspector: Black

El Maguey Mexican Restaurant

2458 Limestone Parkway, N.E., Gainesville

Score: 91, Grade: A

Foods not covered in coolers and taco shells on shelf. Dishes being washed, rinsed and not sanitized. No dates on foods. Light shield missing on light in kitchen.

Inspector: Black

Cocktail Cove Grill & Bar

5715 Holiday Road, Buford

Score: 86, Grade: B

Hand sink in kitchen without paper towels. Cutting boards have accumulation of mold, mildew. Knives stored with food debris. Gaskets on coolers damaged. Gaskets have mold, mildew and food debris, water. Floors have food, water, trash, etc.

Inspector: McDuffie

Jennifer Messer

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