TENNESSEE: Not nearly enough hand washing at failing Knox eateries
Posted: October 31st, 2010 - 8:45pm
KNOXVILLE -- Health department inspectors in East Tennessee are keeping a keen eye on kitchen workers to see if they're washing their hands like state rules require.
However, in Knoxville and Knox County, hand washing was a problem at two of the three eateries that failed the most recent set of inspections.
The Knox County Health Department considers a score below 70 as unsanitary.
Failing by 10 points: Connor's Steakhouse and Seafood at 10915 Turkey Creek Drive - Grade: 60
In the kitchen, an employee preparing food wiped his hands on his dirty apron then continued preparing food without washing his hands.
Another employee preparing food touched his hair, then went back to preparing food without going to the sink and washing up.
A kitchen worker was seen taking a spatula from stagnant water and beginning to prepare food without sanitizing the spatula.
At the dishwasher, an employee was loading dirty dishes, then he pulled clean dishes out without washing his hands.
Connor's has been re-inspected and received an 82.
Gondolier at 7644 Mountain Grove Drive - Grade: 63
In the walk-in cooler, the inspector found a lemon covered in mold.
The inspector also found meat sauce that wasn't hot enough.
A kitchen worker washed his hands, but dried them with a dirty towel he pulled from his back pocket.
Golden Corral at 6612 Clinton Highway - Grade: 66
Hamburger, chicken and cottage cheese weren't cool enough.
Chicken was found unprotected in the walk-in cooler. It's supposed to be covered.
The inspector found dented cans of food. He writes the seam was pinched on two cans, which could potentially contaminate the contents.
* Dippin' Dots in the Knoxville Expo Center at 5441 Clinton Highway - 100
Other high marks:
* House of Dragon at St. Mary's Hospital on Oak Hill Avenue - 95
* Rush Fitness Complex Snack Bar at 6510 Chapman Highway - 94
Food for Thought still get lots of questions about health inspection grades not being posted on the state's website. Officials say they still don't know when that will be restored.