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Kitchen Cops; 5 low performers

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Sierra's Mexican Restaurant scored a 67. Sierra's Mexican Restaurant scored a 67.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

The Marshall County Health Department handed Sierra's Mexican Restaurant in Arab a 67.

Owner Alex Sierra said he is disappointed by the score, emphasizing the current mark is not the norm for his restaurant. Their previous four scores ranged from 88 to 95. One of the critical violations cited was because no person in charge present during the inspection. Sierra said that may have hurt their score.

"It makes a big difference when a manager is not here to be able to explain to the inspector why things are the certain way they are," he said.

The inspector also took off points because an ice bin sink had a drainage problem. Sierra says they have fixed that issue, adding that his staff is ready for a reinspection.

"I can't wait for them to come back and give us a better rating. I'm sure we'll get it. There's no doubt about that. Never have we put the public in any kind of danger. We've always been safe, and served delicious food," he said.

The health department reported rice held at 95 degrees, below the required hot-holding temperature of 135 degrees, and cheese above the cold-holding maximum temperature.

Restaurante El Azteca in Huntsville scored a 79, remaining on the Madison County Health Department's reinspection schedule for the fifth straight time. That happens when a restaurant scores an 84 or lower.

The health inspector reported raw chicken and raw shrimp held above the cold-holding temperature required to prevent bacterial growth. The inspector also cited the restaurant because knife blades, a can opener blade and a metal strainer were damaged.

Double Bogey in Guntersville scored an 80. The health inspector docked them for employee drinks on a food prep table and because no employees had proof of passing the food safety course.

The Sicilian Italian Restaurant and Pizza in Arab scored an 81. The inspector reported workers were re-using dirty hand towels.

The KFC in Boaz scored a 79. One critical violation was reported because of a broken fry basket

For all of the most recent health inspection scores, log on to the Alabama Department of Public Health Food Establishment Scores website.

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