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July 6, 2013

Restaurant report card — Whitfield County


The Spiced Apple, 443 Gillum St., Suite 6

Current score: 84

Current grade: B

Previous score: 96

Previous grade: A

Comments: Employee observed wearing gloves while rinsing wiping cloth and then grabbing bag of bread. Employee was stopped before grabbing slice and was asked to wash hands and changed gloves. Hands must be washed before changing gloves. Gloves must be changed when switching tasks, but especially when contamination to food is high when handling food. Two containers of cheese and one of meat were observed not covered while stored in bottom prep cooler. Cover all stored food. Sanitizer bucket by prep table does not have a detectable level of sanitizer. Sanitizer must be available to clean cloths. Change out bucket and measure 100 ppm of chlorine. A wiping cloth was observed sitting on prep table and in contact with lettuce. Wiping cloth was placed in bucket and lettuce discarded. Do not allow cloth contact with food to avoid contamination. Corrected on site. Multiple wiping cloths were observed wet and out of the sanitizer bucket. Place cloths in sanitizer bucket when not in use. Corrected on site.

Powell’s Country Kitchen, 116 W. King St.

Current score: 83

Current grade: B

Previous score: 90

Previous grade: A

Comments: Sliced cheese at 54 degrees. Hold potentially hazardous foods at 41 degrees or lower. Pork in hot cabinet at 106 degrees. Hold potentially hazardous foods at 135 degrees or higher. Several foods out of date. Discard out of date foods. Day one is your prep day. Observed employee change tasks without changing gloves. One task = one set of gloves. Clean inside/sides of hood.

Luigi’s Pizza Italian Restaurant, 3957 Cleveland Highway, Suite C

Current score: 81

Current grade: B

Previous score: 86

Previous grade: B

Comments: Employee was observed placing pickles on plate with bare hands. Ready-to-eat food must never be touched with bare hands. Clean utensils or gloves may be used to touch foods. Remember to always wash hands before putting on a clean pair of gloves. Pickles were discarded. Corrected on site. Multiple dishes on prep coolers were observed to contain considerable buildup and one employee did not know when they had been last washed. Those dishes are used to scoop out cheese and other ready-to-eat ingredients. Dishes used for potentially hazardous foods must be washed, rinsed and sanitized at least every four hours to avoid contaminating clean food with residues and bacteria possibly found on used dishes. Dishes were replaced. Both can openers need to be washed, rinsed and sanitized. Both were observed to have considerable buildup and debris. A piece of equipment on meat slicer has obvious rust spots. Repair or replace piece with rust. Food contact surfaces must be smooth, easy to clean and in good repair. Soft drink fountain was observed to have what appeared to be mold spots. Remove pieces to wash, rinse and sanitize them. Do so frequently. Cardboard is observed throughout the kitchen for different purposes. Remove all cardboard from kitchen, as it’s an absorbent material that does not allow easy cleaning. Microwave must be repaired or replaced due to chipped paint and exposed metals. Fan was observed to have dust buildup facing the prep table. Maintain fan clean to avoid blowing contaminants onto food in prep cooler. Remove all buildup on fryers, pizza oven and equipment doors and handles. Replace torn gaskets. Floors, walls and ceilings need to be cleaned to remove buildup.

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