Kitchen Cops: Food temperature violations at all 5 low performers

Published: Sep. 8, 2016 at 10:16 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2016 at 2:42 PM CDT
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ALABAMA (WAFF) - One thing all five of this week's Kitchen Cops Low Performers have in common is that each reportedly had food in the food danger zone. That is when hot food or cold food is maintained at temperatures needed to prevent bacterial growth.

The Limestone County Health Department handed Minnie Lee's Diner in Athens an 82. The inspector reports that some food on the cold bar was over the maximum 41-degree temperature required for cold food. Rice was over by 14 degrees, and potato salad was by 11 degrees.

Ricatoni's in Florence scored an 83. The Lauderdale County Health Department reports a case of veal thawing in a sink had thawed too much and was 34 degrees above the required temperature. Frozen food should be thawed with cold, running water, and the inspector reports they were thawing the veal with water that was 84 degrees.

The Fiesta Mexicana in the 1500 block of Florence Boulevard in Florence scored an 82. The inspector reports a worker made bare hand contact with food, and that food items in a walk-in cooler were over the required temperature.

The Jo-Mo One Stop Texaco Food Mart in Tanner is this week's lowest scoring low performer, and is a back-to-back low performer. They scored a 79 last time, and scored a 75 for their re-inspection. The inspector reports chicken was 39 degrees below the mandated minimum 135-degree temperature for hot food, and cheese was 19 degrees above the required cold-holding temperature.

Hot and cold temperature violations were also reported at Abby's Mini Mart in Athens, which scored an 82. The health department reports hamburgers were 25 degrees under the hot food requirement. Ham was 11 degrees too warm, and baloney was eight degrees above the mark.

A re-inspection score of 85 or higher lifts a restaurant off of the Kitchen Cops Low Performers list.  The staff at the Subway in Red Bay kept it clean, earning a re-inspection score of 94, fifteen points better than their previous inspection. Dari Delite in Hartselle improved by five points by scoring an 87.

There are five Kitchen Cops High Performers this week, The Raspados Don Hugo mobile food unit from Red Bay scored a perfect 100.

Mason Jar on Main in Red Bay is one of four that earned a 99, The others are the Bama Wild Dogs mobile food unit from Guntersville, CP's Up in Smoke mobile food unit out of Huntsville, and the Subway in the 1100 block of South Memorial Parkway in Huntsville.

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

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