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Kitchen Cops: Rodents reported at Florence fast food restaurant

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While handing the Hardee's in Florence an 80, the Lauderdale County Health Department reports rodents were under the fountain drink area. The inspector also reports bare hand contact with ready to eat food. That can cause cross contamination.

Top of Mountain Cafe, which sits just past the Morgan County line in Union Grove, is a new restaurant. Wesley Allred and his fiancé, Loretta Shedd, opened the doors just three months ago. They said business has been good so far, but they have struggled during their first two health inspections. The first time, they scored a 77. This time, they scored an 80.

The owners said food safety has become their top priority as they learn the ropes of the restaurant business. During both inspections, the health department reported cold food violations. Allred says they are working hard to improve their score.

"To make sure people come in to a nice clean place. Healthy food, good food. We're looking forward to them coming back and checking us again. We should be able to have a better score," he said.

This time, the inspector says raw fish was 24 degrees above the required temperature The only other critical violation reported was because powder cleaner was unlabeled. We'll update you when the health inspector comes back.

There is an update about China Grill Buffet in Madison. In August, the Madison County Health Department ordered an emergency shut down when the restaurant scored a 53, the lowest score ever in the Kitchen Cops report. During a reinspection a few days later, they scored just high enough to re-open. They recently had their first inspections since then and made a large improvement by scoring a 92, earning their way off of the Kitchen Cops Low Performers list.
The Subway at the Town Plaza Shopping Center in the 100 block of Brindlee Mountain Parkway in Arab scored an 84. The health department reports all of the food in a front cooler was at least nine degrees above the mandatory maximum temperature. They also lost points for residue on soda nozzles.

Hot and cold food violations were reported at the Piggly Wiggly deli in Albertville as they scored an 80. The inspector says egg portions, bacon, gravy and deli meats in cold-holding were 24 degrees too warm, and chicken fingers were 15 degrees below the required hot food temperature.

There are two Kitchen Cops High Performers this week. Congratulations to the deli workers at the Walmart on Cloverdale Road in Florence. They scored a perfect 100.  Also, the Subway at the Love's Travel Stop in Tuscumbia scored a 98.

For health inspection scores from around the Tennessee Valley and across Alabama, click here

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