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Kitchen Cops: Ten low performers

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

There were 10 low performers in this week's edition of Kitchen Cops.

Joe's World Famous Pizzeria in Athens scored a 71 with the Limestone County Health Department. Hot food needs to be held at 135 degrees or above to prevent bacterial growth. The inspector reported several food items were not hot enough during the inspection. The inspector's thermometer showed a calzone was 40 degrees off, pizza was 25 degrees below temperature, and meatballs were seven degrees under the mark. 

El Charrito Mexican Restaurant in Florence scored an 80. The inspector reported cold-holding problems, with food in the prep cooler 12 degrees above the required temperature. They also lost points because the dish machine was not sanitizing.

The dish machine at the Homeside Restaurant in Sheffield was also not sanitizing, according to the Colbert County Health Department, as they scored an 83. The inspector reports finding pork chops in a pan of water that were 23 to 26 degrees above the required cold-holding temperature. 

India Palace Restaurant in Madison received an 80. The inspector reported a yogurt dish and cut honeydew melon on the buffet was 20 degrees above temperature.

Mold in the ice machine was reported at the Long Lewis Cafe in Muscle Shoals, as they scored an 83. The inspector also says they had green beans past their expiration date.

El Azteca in Rogersville scored an 83. They lost points because of a personal drink sitting with food and because no workers had a current food safety course certification.

Nan's in Sheffield scored an 82. The inspector discovered the dish machine wasn't sanitizing. Also reported: pizza without marks to indicate when it was prepared and when it would expire.

The Oakdale Food Mart in Athens scored a 78, the same score they received during their previous inspection. The inspector reports they used dirty wire racks to display food, and that they needed a guard to keep water from a hand sink from splashing onto a meat slicer.

The Shell Food Mart in the 900 block of 6th Avenue in Decatur scored a 77. The inspector reported stored gizzards were 17 degrees above the required cold-holding temperature. Livers and pork chops were nine degrees too warm.

The Fillin' Station in Waterloo scored an 82. The inspector reported that food in a warmer was below the required hot-holding temperature.

It takes an 85 to get off of the low performers list and off of the health department's reinspection schedule. That's exactly what the staff at Goodsprings Grocery in Anderson scored - eight points better than last time. 

There are 13 Kitchen Cops High Performers this week, but only Detailed Subs and Sandwiches in Red Bay scored a perfect 100. Taqueria El Cazador food truck in Huntsville, the Big Easy Restaurant food truck in Decatur, McGee Farm Kitchen in Florence, Trowbridge's Ice Cream in Florence, and the Tee Pee Snack Bar in Florence each scored a 99. 

Also scoring a 99 were the Sonic Drive-In on Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals, Catering and Confections in Tuscumbia, Wayne's Catfish Haven in Russellville, and J & L Convenience and Bait in Russellville

The Pizza Hut in Priceville scored a 98. The food court at the SuperTarget on University Drive in Huntsville scored a 98, as did the deli at the store.

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

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