Health Dept. Roundup: Cafeteria Edition

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We're going back to school this week on Health Department Roundup, visiting the city's institutional cafeterias.

At Yes Prep-North Forest (9709 Mesa Drive), a May 21 pre-opening inspection found equipment not adjusted in accordance with manufacturer's specifications, a failure to provide water at 110 degree Fahrenheit, floors not constructed of smooth, durable materials in several areas of the kitchen, a wall or ceiling not maintained in good repair, a lack of lighting and ventilation in the food prep area, and the lack of a three-compartment sink.

A routine inspection May 19 at Second Baptist Church (6400 Woodway) found the nonfood-contact surfaces of equipment not being cleaned often enough to prevent the accumulation of dust and dirt in the church's buffet area. Also, bulk food had been removed from its original containers and was being stored in unmarked containers in the school cafeteria. No test kit was being used to measure parts per million of chemical sanitizers. In the church's coffee bar, there was no hand-washing sink immediately adjacent to the toilet rooms.

In the kitchen at Varnett Charter School (11209 Clematis), inspectors found shipping containers or milk crates being used as storage racks or support shelves, a no-no, in a May 17 inspection. Also, the school's outside garbage units were not easily cleanable or did not have tight-fitting lids.

Finally, inspectors stopped by Kipp Zenith Elementary (3150 Yellowstone Blvd.) on May 17 and found the hand-washing sink not accessible to employees at all times.

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