Kitchen Cops: 4 restaurants, 1 deli earn poor health inspection scores

(WAFF) - This week's lowest scoring Kitchen Cops Low Performer is the Dairy Queen in Hartselle. The Morgan County Health Department handed
them a 78. The inspector reports hot dogs were 31 degrees below the 135-degree temperature required to prevent bacterial growth in hot food, and soft serve mix was four to eight degrees above the 41-degree temperature required for cold food.

The DQ also lost points because they reportedly were using a broken food bin and a broken ice bucket, which can let what's inside leak out, and what's outside get in.

Hibachi Express in Decatur is a back-to-back Kitchen Cops Low Performer, Last time, they scored an 81. Their recent reinspection score is an 83. The inspector reports cooked chicken was not properly cooled within the regulated time frame, putting it in the food danger zone. Also, chicken stored in a walk-in cooler was a half-dozen degrees above the mandated maximum temperature.

Asian Buffet in Hartselle scored an 84. The inspector reports sushi was 24 degrees over the temperature needed to keep bacteria at bay, and shrimp and chicken were 16-to-18 degrees under the required hot-holding temperature.

City Restaurant in Tuscumbia scored an 83. The inspector reports that a worker touched ready-to-eat food with their bare hands, and that food items in a cooler were just a bit over the required temperature.

Izzy's Deli, which operates inside of the Exxon on Highway 67 in Somerville scored an 80. Egg rolls, chicken and cheeseburgers were 13 to 16 degrees under the temperature required for hot food.

The Subway on Highway 43 in Russellville is the only Kitchen Cops High Performer this week that scored a perfect 100.

Let's Do Lunch in Decatur is one of three that scored a 99. The other two are Sakura Japanese Steakhouse in Huntsville and Firehouse Subs in Decatur.

For health inspection scores from around the Tennessee Valley and across Alabama, go to this link.

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