Last week, city health inspectors uncovered three big-ticket violators and a clump of lesser foes. We bring them to you now on Health Department Roundup:
A December 6 visit to Tabaq Grill (15210 Highway 3) found a whopping 14 violations, among them that some food was not safe for human consumption, there was no way to measure the temperature at which potentially hazardous foods were being stored, and some equipment was not maintained in a sanitary condition. Also, there was no soap in the bathrooms and effective measures intended to keep out rodents and roaches were not being used.
Wong's Chef (2409 Falcon Pass Drive) notched 12 citations of its own during a December 6 inspection that found food stored at unsafe temperatures and some other foods not protected from dust, dirt, coughs, sneezes, insects, rodents and other threats. Also, at least one employee did not wash his or her hands before handling food, and some utensils and plates were not handled properly to protect them from contamination.
Another 12-violation offender, Texaco 786 Food Store (11249 Bissonnet), was closed temporarily after a December 6 inspection found paperwork errors, plumbing problems and improper sanitation methods being used. Some equipment also was not cleaned often enough to keep it free of dust, dirt and debris.
Four other eateries each racked up six violations last week: La Fonda Antojitos Mexicanos (5881 S. Gessner), Bunky's Cafe (7265 Scott), KC's Seafood & Grill (5635 Telephone) and Red Panda (8024 Park Place Blvd.)
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