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February 8, 2014

Restaurant report card — Whitfield County

Whitfield County Environmental Health conducts inspections of restaurants. The inspectors may require a re-inspection. Restaurants are required by law to post their most recent inspection permit.

The Daily Citizen lists areas where the establishments are out of compliance with the regulations. Recent restaurant scores for all six counties within the North Georgia Health District are available at www.nghd.org.

New Hope Elementary School, 1175 New Hope Road

Current score: 100

Current grade: A

Previous score: 100

Previous grade: A

Comments: None.

New Hope Middle School, 1325 New Hope Road

Current score: 100

Current grade: A

Previous score: 100

Previous grade: A

Comments: None.

Varnell Elementary School, 4421 Highway 2

Current score: 97

Current grade: A

Previous score: 96

Previous grade: A

Comments: Observed meat in vegetable prep sink. This sink is for fruits and vegetables only.

Southern Smoke BBQ, 3440 Cleveland Highway

Current score: 96

Current grade: A

Previous score: 93

Previous grade: A

Comments: Sanitizer concentration was weak in cloth bucket. Maintain concentration at 100 ppm chlorine.

Hardee’s, 1301 Glenwood Ave.

Current score: 95

Current grade: A

Previous score: 95

Previous grade: A

Comments: Observed employee without a proper hair restraint and long fingernails. Effective hair restraints are required. Keep fingernails trimmed to tips. Several torn cooler gaskets. Replace gaskets. Good job!

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 938 Market St.

Current score: 92

Current grade: A

Previous score: 87

Previous grade: B

Comments: Dicer had visible food buildup. Sanitizer in one bucket was too weak. Clean and sanitize all food contact items. Maintain 100 ppm chlorine. Wet stacking. Air dry containers. Dip well spout falls below flood rim. Must be a minimum of 1 inch above.

El Lagunero Restaurant, 1009 E. Walnut Ave.

Current score: 91

Current grade: A

Previous score: 99

Previous grade: A

Comments: Certified Food Safety Manager (CFSM) not on staff. Extension will expire Feb. 2, 2014, and establishment will be closed if requirement is not met. CFSM must be employed in the 90 days after granting permit. A container of beans and another of cheese did not have dates. The other container was dated 3/20/14, based on expiration date. All food that will be stored more than 24 hours must be date marked with day one being day food was made or opened. Corrected on site. Inadequate lighting in walk-in cooler. Needs better lighting.

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