Kitchen Cops uncover dirty ice machines, flies, roaches and greasy menus

Victory Foodmart on Pulaski Pike has the lowest score this week with a 70.
Published: Sep. 22, 2023 at 5:00 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2023 at 5:27 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The Madison County Kitchen Cops turned in 103 inspections this week, and there were several businesses that you need to know about.

The lowest score this week was posted at Victory Foodmart on Pulaski Pike in Huntsville. It earned a 70 this week after inspectors found a cracked and dirty ice machine, dirty soda nozzles, grease going into the ground near the grease trap, and foods at the wrong temperature. There were also flies throughout the building.

Gerry’s Deli shares a building with Victory. Its score was only a few points better at 78. It was also written up for the grease issue and the flies in the building. There were also foods at the wrong temperature and employees missing food safety training paperwork.

El Molcajete on Highway 72 in Madison gets a 73. It was issued a “NOIS” warning or “notice of intent to suspend” its license. When the Kitchen Cops visited on September 13th, they noted black residue in the ice bin and ice machine and no vacuum breaker on a hose in the kitchen. Neither problem was fixed when they came back five days later, leading to the notice. There were also items stored improperly in a sink, salsa at the wrong temperature, prescription medications stored near a prep table, and an unlabeled chemical bottle. Those issues were resolved before the second inspection.

Thai Garden on Wellman Avenue scores a 75. It also had a dirty ice machine and food temperature problems. It was also written up for having rice and noodles without date marks and cracked and melted food contact surfaces.

The Kitchen Cops gave an 80 score to the Papa John’s on Winchester Road. There were multiple food temperature issues, two septic tank lids in disrepair, a broken hot water handle at a sink, and multiple cracked plastic food containers.

Big Bowl Thai Cuisine on University Drive gets an 81 this week due to live roaches in the kitchen, cooked rice without a date mark, and no soap at the sink.

The New China Cafe in Hazel Green gets an 82 after inspectors found old menus being used to soak up grease under egg rolls and saw employees handling cooked chicken barehanded without washing their hands.

There were no issues in Limestone, Lauderdale or Morgan Counties this week.

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