Whitfield Restaurant Reports for Aug. 4: Restaurant 'needs a thorough cleaning'; drink dispenser not being sanitized; and other health code violations

Whitfield County Environmental Health conducts inspections of restaurants and other food establishments. The inspectors may require a re-inspection. Restaurants and other food establishments are required by law to post their most recent inspection permit. The Daily Citizen-News lists areas where the establishments are out of compliance with the regulations. Recent scores for all six counties within the North Georgia Health District are available at www.nghd.org.

Taqueria El Rey

1705 E. Morris St.

Current score: 99

Previous score: 97

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Scoop observed in flour. Store scoops with handles up out of food. Corrected on site. Invert single-service articles. Corrected on site.

Burger King

1908 Chattanooga Road

Current score: 98

Previous score: 97

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Wet stacking. Air dry containers prior to stack/store.

Whitfield County Detention Center

80 Professional Blvd.

Current score: 98

Previous score: 81

Current grade: A

Previous grade: B

Comments: Box of cups on floor. Store single-service items six inches up off floor. Lid to bulk container cracked/broken; replace lid.

Dalton Elk's Lodge/Vista Restaurant

1212 Elkwood Drive

Current score: 96

Previous score: 92

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Two unlabeled chemical bottles. Put working name of chemical in bottle. Labeled. Corrected on site.

El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

1523 E. Morris St.

Current score: 96

Previous score: 94

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Health policy forms are incorrectly filled out. Employees must print/sign on designated lines. Authorized person signs on bottom line. Will re-check on July 29.

La Curva

900 Riverbend Road

Current score: 96

Previous score: 96

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Do not have health policy available. Must have health policy in place to list and educate on the reportable symptoms and illnesses. Must have guide on restriction and exclusion of employees based on symptoms and illnesses. Must have a signed health reporting agreement from each employee. Keep on file in restaurant. Will check during every inspection. Managers, staff and owners must be knowledgeable on the subject.

McDonald's

2531 E. Walnut Ave.

Current score: 96

Previous score: 95

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Several food trays still had grease buildup on them. Clean all food contact surfaces to sight and touch. Re-washed. Corrected on site.

Dalton-Whitfield County Senior Center

302 Cappes St.

Current score: 94

Previous score: 93

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Several items out of date. Discard out of date items. Corrected on site.

Bojangles'

1253 Glenwood Ave.

Current score: 92

Previous score: 85

Current grade: A

Previous grade: B

Comments: Observed inspection report no properly displayed in customer area and no choking poster in customer area. No inspection report displayed at drive-up windows. Must display dining area inspection report with 15 feet of entrance and where customers can read it, not behind the counter. Observed trash can with no lid in ladies restroom. Trash cans must have lids that are fully covering trash can. Observed drive-up windows not fully self-closing. Repair drive-up window or install air curtains.

Checkers

883 Shugart Road

Current score: 92

Previous score: 95

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Employee drink in bottle and in cup without straw. Must be in single-service cups with lids and straws. Discarded. Corrected on site. Two cloth buckets without enough sanitizer. Maintain at 200 to 300 parts per million quaternary. Changed out. Corrected on site.

Bruster's Ice Cream

1307 Dug Gap Road

Current score: 91

Previous score: 96

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Food employee without a hair restraint. Hair restraints are required. Corrected on site. Unapproved portable toilet in parking lot. All facilities must be approved by health department/building department. Windows are not self-closing. Outer openings are required to be fully self-closing. Zapper over cakes/ice machine. Do not put zapper over food/food contact.

Royal Oaks

1220 Broadrick Drive

Current score: 90

Previous score: 91

Current grade: A

Previous grade: A

Comments: Several food items incorrectly dated in walk-in. When ready to eat food is removed from freezer and put in walk-in cooler, put new/current date on item. Re-dated. Corrected on site. Employees without proper hair restraints. Hair restraints are required when handling food/clean equipment. Corrected on site. Ansul system in bistro out of date; service system.

Little Caesars

1263 N. Glenwood Ave.

Current score: 89

Previous score: 91

Current grade: B

Previous grade: A

Comments: Observed employee change tasks (several times) and not wash hands prior to barehand contact with food. Hands must be washed before touching toppings. Grease, dirt and food buildup on ceiling, cooler doors, oven, sink pipes. Establishment needs a thorough cleaning. Re-grout floor tiles where needed. Repair lights that are out.

Cacao Dominican Restaurant

702 5th Ave.

Current score: 88

Previous score: 95

Current grade: B

Previous grade: A

Comments: Reach-in cooler out of repair and food out of temperature. Discarded. Temperature controlled food must be maintained at 41 degrees or lower at all times. Check temperature of food daily with thermometer. Utensils stored are not inverted. Must be stored with handles. Staff is using chlorine to sanitize tables but do not have test strips. Must have test strips for sanitizer being used.

Sol de Mayo

825 Chattanooga Road suite 11

Current score: 87

Previous score: 93

Current grade: B

Previous grade: A

Comments: Milk at 44.6 degrees, sour cream at 45.3 degrees. Hold food cold at 41 degrees or lower. Discarded. Corrected on site. Milk out of date. Discard out of date food. Corrected on site.

Los Reyes Mexican Restaurant

1235 Glenwood Ave.

Current score: 84

Previous score: 86

Current grade: B

Previous grade: B

Comments: Sour cream at 47 degrees. enchilada at 50 degrees, cheese at 45.2 degrees, cheese dip at 44 degrees, cooked chicken at 44 degrees. Hold temperature controlled food cold at 41 degrees or lower. All discarded. Corrected on site. Out of date milk. Several dates unreadable because ink had smudged. Dates must be clearly legible. Discarded. Corrected on site. Service Ansul.

IHOP

1510 W. Walnut Ave.

Current score: 83

Previous score: 90

Current grade: B

Previous grade: A

Comments: Several food containers still had food debris in them after washing. Food contact surfaces must be cleaned to sight and touch. Corrected on site. White gravy at 47.3 degrees after cooling for more than 12 hours. Foods must cold to 41 degrees in a total of six hours. Corrected on site. Clean ceiling tiles, microwave, gaskets. Several floor tiles broken in wait station.

Santiago's Taqueria

2208 Cleveland Highway

Current score: 82

Previous score: 97

Current grade: B

Previous grade: A

Comments: Employees have not signed reporting agreement and do not know what symptoms/illness to report. Employees must be taught what specific symptoms and illnesses to report. Person in charge must have health policy showing when to restrict or exclude employee based on symptoms and illnesses. Drink dispenser is not being sanitized due to being too large for sanitizing sink. Two large cooking pots currently being used do not look small enough for proper sanitizing. Any piece of cooking equipment that does not fit and fully submerge in three-compartment sink must be removed from establishment immediately. Every piece of cooking equipment must fit in three-compartment sink. Some temperature controlled foods in reach-in were out of temperature. Must be 41 degrees or colder at all times. Check food temperature daily. Temperature controlled foods are being held out of heat source because they dry out. Never remove hot held food from heat source because it will lose temperature. Must be stored in heat source 135 degrees or higher and cooled to 41 degrees. Inspection report not posted or found in unit.

TK'z Wingz

700 MLK Jr. Blvd.

Current score: 81

Previous score: 90

Current grade: B

Previous grade: A

Comments: Raw chicken at 44.5 degrees, milk at 51 degrees. Hold temperature controlled food at 41 degrees or lower. Discarded. Corrected on site. Food employee without hair restraint. Hair restraints are required. Clean ceilings and sink pipes. Finish pass-through window. Flies. All doors to outside must be fully self-closing and tight-fitting.

Lalo's To-Go

221 W. Cuyler St.

Current score: 78

Previous score: 86

Current grade: C

Previous grade: B

Comments: No paper towels or soap at hand sink. Must have soap and paper towels at all time. Corrected on site. Raw chicken at 61.5 degrees, raw shrimp at 51 degrees, spinach leaf at 52 degrees. Hold temperature controlled food at 41 degrees or lower. Corrected on site. Raw shrimp on drain board of vegetable sink. This sink is for ready to eat food only. Moved. Corrected on site. Gasket torn in walk-in; replace. Clean outside of hood and ceiling vent. Dumpster open; keep lids closed. Gaps at bottom of door to outside; seal gaps.

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