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Kitchen Cops; 4 low performers, 3 in the 70's

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Gridiron sports bar in Boaz scored a 74, The Marshall County Health Department reports there were four critical violations during the inspection. According to the inspector, there was food residue on a slicer, and there was no measurable chlorine in the dish machine's final rinse. Chicken was held 6 to 12 degrees below the minimum 135 degree temperature required to prevent bacterial growth in hot food.

The inspector reports the spray head at the bar needed back siphonage protection to ensure contaminated water didn't get back into the potable water supply. And a personal drink was found beside straws and napkins.

A 72 for Hard Dock Cafe in Decatur. The inspector reports there was bare hand contact made with ready to eat food, specifically hamburger buns. 

The soda gun and nozzle and the ice maker needed to be cleaned. Also, reheated food was not hot enough. 

No critical violations for Sady's Bistro II in Huntsville, but several small infractions added up to a poor score as they earned an 81.

Goodsprings Grocery in Anderson scored a 77. The Limestone County Health Department reports chicken fingers were held seven degrees below the required hot holding temperature, and eggs were seven degrees above the required cold holding temperature.

Three previous low performers are not on that list anymore, but the workers at Cajun Steamer in Huntsville did it better than the rest. They scored a 77 last time, but this time they scored a 96, a 19 point improvement. Mezza Luna in Huntsville scored five points better during their reinspection, earning an 88 this time. And the same story for Asian Cuisine in Athens, from an 83 to an 88 upon reinspection. 

In the Kitchen Cops report that aired on May 6th, WAFF 48 News looked at how well local health departments are doing inspection within the required time frame. State health officials provided statistics 30 percent of Marshall County food establishments and 27 percent of Morgan County food establishments had not been inspected on time. We talked with the state health officer with the Alabama Department of Public Health to find out why. Dr. Donald Williamson. He says it's because of staffing issues that are related to roughly $20 million dollars in funding cuts over the past three years for the state health department. He adds that both Morgan County and Marshall County are working with the state to find a way to add more inspectors. 

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

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