Health department releases February food service report

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Nine area food services tabbed with critical violations

The Barry County Health Department has released its food service report for the month of February, and nine area food services were struck with critical violations.

According to the report, the nine food services tallied 33 critical violations, which are violations more likely than other violations to contribute to food contamination, illness or injury. Of the 33 critical violations, 21 were fixed on-site.

In a Feb. 14 inspection, Casey's General Store No. 3068 in Cassville tallied the most violations for the month with seven, four of which were fixed on site.

Critical violations not fixed on-site included: nobody ServSafe-qualified or equivalent on duty, two chipped spatulas and 26 pitted bowls and an air gap below the three-compartment sink less than three inches (the gap must be at least twice the diameter of the pipe). Violations fixed on-sine included: employee not washing hands prior to putting on gloves; pizza pockets, hamburger and pizza slices not discarded by the discard time; sanitizer too weak; and spray bottle with red chemicals not labeled.

On a follow-up inspection, all violations were corrected, except for not having a ServSafe-certified employee or equivalent on duty.

In a Feb. 7 inspection, the Office Pub and Steakhouse in Eagle Rock tallied six critical violations, five of which were fixed on-site.

Critical violations not fixed on-site included: nobody ServSafe-qualified or equivalent on duty. Violations fixed on-site included: gravy in the refrigerator cooling down for more than two hours and is only at 80 degrees (the gravy must go from hot to 70F within two hours and 70F to 41F or below within the next four hours), ground meats held at 53 degrees in the top of the pizza table cooling unit (the meats must be 41F or below), taco meat with a discard of Feb. 5 and meatballs with a discard date of Feb. 1 not discarded, a can opener was soiled by food debris and a container for lids was soiled inside, and sanitizer was too weak. A follow-up inspection was not performed in February.

In a Feb. 27 inspection, Country Fresh Market in Shell Knob tallied five critical violations, three of which were fixed on-site.

Critical violations not fixed on-site included: potato casserole in hot-to-go case was held at 130 degrees (casserole should be at 140 degrees or above), and two thermometers, a box of lids and a meat saw were soiled by food debris.

Critical violations fixed on-site included: an uncovered employee beverage on the shelf in the deli, raw bacon being stored above deli meats and vegetables when raw ground meat should be stored above raw whole meat, and diced tomatoes with a discard date of Feb. 26, a sandwich with a discard date of Feb. 25, fried chicken with a discard date of Feb. 26 and numerous other food items past discard dates were not discarded. A follow-up inspection was not performed in February.

In a Feb. 25 inspection, Subway in Cassville tallied five critical violations, all of which were fixed on-site.

Fixed violations included: employee washing soiled dishes stopped to prep food but did not wash hands prior, hot dogs with a discard date of Feb. 21 not discarded, tongs for cookies in continuous use not cleaned at least every four hours and thermometer soiled with food debris not cleaned after previous use, chemicals and medicines stored above the food preparation counter and dishwashing area in the kitchen, and sanitizer was too weak. A follow-up inspection was not performed in February.

In a Feb. 14 inspection, Ramey No. 16 tallied five critical violations, three of which were fixed on-site.

Critical violations not fixed on-site included: Fried chicken held at 119 degrees and 130 degrees (chicken must be held at 140 degrees or above), and the prep counter, shelf above it, shelf below it in the deli, tray on the shelf in the deli, two bread trays and racks used to cool bread and cookies were soiled. Violations fixed on-site included: uncovered employee beverage on the prep counter in the deli kitchen, cut melon held at 50 degrees (melon must be held at or below 41 degrees), and sanitizer in the meat department was too weak.

All critical violations were corrected in a follow-up inspection on Feb. 18.

In a Feb. 18 inspection, Pizza Hut in Cassville tallied one critical violation for having 12 porcelain dishes, put away as clean, the shelf for pizza trays and the shelf below the prep table soiled by food debris. The violation was corrected in a follow-up inspection on Feb. 25.

In a Feb. 21 inspection, Wheaton School tallied one critical violation for having soiled rolling cutters for slicing desserts put away as clean. No follow-up inspection was performed in February.

In a Feb. 26 inspection, Cassville Middle and Primary School tallied one critical violation for having five-plus rodent pellets found in dry storage by the flour and rice bags. A follow-up inspection was not performed in February.

In a Feb. 28 inspection, the Mercy Hospital Cafeteria tallied one critical violation for its paprika chicken and broccoli soup having an 8-day discard date when it must have a 7-day discard date. No follow-up inspection was performed in February.

To obtain a full food service report on any individual food service, people may file a request at the Barry County Health Department, located at 65 Main St. in Cassville.

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