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Restaurants receive poor health inspections

July 12th, 2010 · Comments

Several Phinney-Greenwood restaurants received poor Public Health Department inspections recently.

The Kabab House at 8202 Greenwood Ave. N. had a particularly terrible inspection on June 29 with a score of 101 points. According to the King County Health Department, 35 or more red critical violation points require a re-inspection within 14 days; 90 or more red critical violation points require the establishment be closed; and 120 or more total red and blue points also requires the establishment be closed.

Kabab House’s points were broken down into 85 red and 16 blue.

Red critical violations have the highest risk of causing food borne disease. “One red critical violation equals an unsatisfactory inspection. Environmental Health Specialists work with operators to make sure that red critical violations are corrected before they leave the establishment,” according to the Health Department’s website. Blue violations are related to the cleanliness and maintenance of the establishment.

Kabab House’s red violations:

  • Food worker card not available or current, new food workers not trained (5 points)
  • Inadequate hand washing facilities (10 points)
  • Food contact surfaces used for raw meat, poultry, aquatic foods, or ready-to-eat foods not thoroughly cleaned and sanitized (15 points)
  • Improper cooling procedures (30 points)
  • Improper hot holding temperatures (< 130° F ) (25 points)

And its blue violations:

  • Non-food contact surfaces not maintained, clean, sanitized (3 points)
  • Wiping cloths improperly used, stored (5 points)
  • Food not protected from potential contamination during preparation, storage, display (5 points)
  • Utensils, equipment, linens improperly stored, used, handled (3 points)

Gorditos at 213 N. 85th St. received a total of 35 points (25 of them red) on June 29 for: plumbing not properly sized, installed, and maintained, improper backflow devices, indirect drains, cross connections present; improper hot holding temperatures (< 130° F ); and improper cold holding temperatures (between 42° F to 45° F).

Wing Dome at 7818 Greenwood Ave. N. received 33 points (25 red) on June 10 for: food worker card not available or current, new food workers not trained; non-food contact surfaces not maintained, clean, sanitized; warewashing facilities not properly installed, maintained, used; no test strips available and used; improper cold holding temperatures (>45° F); inadequate hand washing facilities.

Greenwood Market at 8500 3rd Ave. NW received 20 points on June 24 for: thermometers not available or used as required to evaluate temperature of potentially hazardous foods; food not protected from potential contamination during preparation, storage, display; and improper cold holding temperatures (>45° F).

St. John’s Parish Hall Kitchen at 123 N. 79th St. received 20 points on its June 7 inspection for: inadequate equipment for temperature control; thermometers not available or used as required to evaluate temperature of potentially hazardous foods; and toxic substances improperly identified, stored and used.

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