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Eating at Restaurants VS Eating at Home


Why I prefer to cook and eat food at home. One because I enjoy it and I like to recreate the food from the past. But also because it is safer. As I have posted before, I used to be in the restaurant industry for twelve to fifteen years, I forget which these days. But, I always paid attention to the health code violations because I did not like the BOSS ripping me a new one; back when I was still green. Later on I got to know the inspectors, asked them questions while gaining their respect.

I had some time today and decided to look at the scores of some of the places I have ate at. I was disappointed to see some of the scores in the high eighties or worse! Let me give some examples. I will not mention the name of the restaurant but I will provide the link. Now this one place is a recent eatery with in the last year, I read the report and wanted to vomit.

Inspection Date: 5/11/2015
Total Score:83
Critical Violations
5 points: EMPLOYEE HYGIENE
Kitchen employee was observed touching body parts and continuing to work without washing hands. (blew nose in kitchen then back to work without washing hands)
5 points: FOOD DISPLAY SERVICE AND TRANSPORT TEMP
Cheese and rice noted found on hot holding unit in front service area at 130 degrees fahrenheit must be maintained at 140 degrees fahrenheit or above.
3 points: HANDWASHING LAVATORIES AND SUPPLIES
The hand washing lavoratory noted with no hot water provided. Disconinue storing equipment in front of sink musrt be easily accessible for dish washers. Disposable towels needed in dispenser. Handsink must be utilzed in dishwashing room must wash hands between handling dirty and clean.

Another place got docked five point for cross contamination of food. “Raw meat noted being stored above food not to be further cooked”  Inspection Date: 6/3/2015  Total Score:88. Here is the kicker, this is one of the upskill pricey establishments located in the heart of what we call downtown.

I find it hard to understand, it is not that hard to wash your hands, it is not hard to separate food items with labels housing the date on it.

Now here is one for a Sushi establishment.

nspection Date: 6/25/2015
Total Score:61
Critical Violations
5 points: EMPLOYEE HYGIENE
Prep cook was observed switching between working with beef seafood and other raw products and working with ready-to-eat foods without washing hands. The HACCP plan submitted by Sushi Masa is not being followed as written. Review your approved plan and follow it.
5 points: CROSS CONTAMINATION
Raw fish and seafood noted being stored above food not to be further cooked. Store avocados and cucumbers above potentially hazardous food items in basement cooler.
5 points: FOOD DISPLAY SERVICE AND TRANSPORT TEMP
Eggs noted not being held at 41 degrees fahrenheit or below.
4 points: COLD AND HOT STORAGE EQUIPMENT
Coolers in the facility being used for cold holding temp of 41 degrees F was not functioning adequately.
4 points: SANITIZATION OF EQUIP. AND UTENSILS
An inadequate amount of chlorine sanitizer was noted in the final rinse of the dish machine.
3 points: INSECT RODENT ANIMAL CONTROL
Insects noted infesting the food service basement storage and processing areas.

That one is a “Here’s your sign” award.

Another bone I have, is when people use the facilities and don’t bother to wash their hands. Like the employee above that blew their nose and proceeded to handle food without washing his/her hands. Now image a prep cook, waiter or waitress not washing their hands after using the facilities and brings you your food while you notice their thumb is touching one of the items on the plate.

Here is the link: http://webapps.siouxfalls.org/inspections/restaurants.aspx

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2 thoughts on “Eating at Restaurants VS Eating at Home”

    1. I understand about not wanting to eat out anymore, Lol Work ethics of past has almost vanished, I still see cooks at some local eateries hungover yet are not terminated. Young waitresses and waiters at four places gossip​ in plain view when they could be cleaning the dusty window seals or at least remove the smashed dead fly on the wall.

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