Health Department Scores

Health Department Inspections is a regular listing of inspections conducted in Surry County establishments by North Carolina health officials. The listing includes restaurants, schools, day care facilities, adult care and other facilities. The listings give the health inspector score, if applicable, along with the text of their findings in their words.

Best Buy 3, 512 West Pine Street, Mount Airy. Inspected July 14, score 96. Violations. 1) Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized: Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces and Utensils-Frequency. It was stated that the cups used to measure the meats for the pizza were cleaned at least once a day. Food-contact utensils must be cleaned and sanitized at least once every 4 hours. Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – P — There was no sanitizer made prior to beginning food prep today, meaning that surfaces were not properly sanitized after preparation today. This was corrected by making sanitizer in a bucket and in a bottle to be used on the food prep surfaces.

2) Toxic substances properly identified, stored, and used: Separation-Storage – P — A toxic chemical was stored above onions and pizza boxes. And a bottle labeled “Bleach” which had a toxic concentration of chlorine in it was stored above the prep table. Keep toxic chemicals below food, food prep areas, and single-service items. This was corrected by moving the chemicals to the designated chemical storage area. Common Name-Working Containers – PF — There was no label on the sanitizer bucket and no label on a bottle of liquid (employee did not know what it was) above the prep table. Keep all chemicals (and water) labeled. Sanitizers, Criteria-Chemicals – P — A bottle of sanitizer was too strong today. Keep chlorine sanitizer at 50-200 ppm (use strips to check concentration often).

3) Thermometers provided and accurate: Food Temperature Measuring Devices – PF — The thermometer used for food temperatures in this establishment was not taken out of the original package. Food temperatures must be taken regularly. This was corrected by removing the thermometer and putting it to use.

4) Single-use and single-service articles; properly stored and used: Equipment, Utensils, Linens and Single-Service and Single-Use Articles-Storing – C — Keep single-service items stored with the food contact surface down to prevent contamination of them (slice pizza boxes).

5) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Floor and Wall Junctures, Coved, and Enclosed or Sealed – C — Reattach the base moulding to the wall where needed. Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C — Keep all storage at least 6 inches off of the floor to facilitate cleaning.

Brenda’s Kountry Kitchen, 420 E. Pine St., Mount Airy. Inspected July 13, score 92. Violations: 1) PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties: Certified Food Protection Manager – C — There is one food safety certified person-in-charge in the establishment, but she was not present today. A food safety certified person-in-charge must be present during all operating hours.

2) Proper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use: Eating, Drinking, or Using Tobacco – C — Employees were witnessed smoking in the storage room around clean dishes and the ice machine. Smoking is not allowed in the establishment. An employee drink was found that had no straw and was stored on a food prep table. Employee drinks must have lids and straws and must be kept stored off of or otherwise below food prep surfaces. These items were corrected by removing the employee drinks and disposing of the cigarettes and ashtrays.

3) Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – P — The can opener was dirty and needs to be cleaned. One pot placed up in storage was found to have debris left in it. The thermometer probe was dirty. Several measuring cups were found dirty. One scoop with a release mechanism was found dirty, as well (under the release piece). These were all cleaned and sanitized to correct this violation.

4) Thermometers provided and accurate: Temperature Measuring Devices-Functionality – C — Repair the thermometer on the walk-in cooler (not accurate). Keep thermometers stored so that they are positioned in the warmest part of the refrigerators (nearest the door—this was found in the reach-in cooler in the waitress area). This was corrected by moving the thermometer. Food Temperature Measuring Devices – PF — The food thermometer was not working at the time of inspection. The battery was changed and it began to work properly.

5) Insects and rodents not present; no unauthorized animals: Controlling Pests – C — Flies are numerous. Continue pest control measures and exterminate, if necessary.

6) Wiping cloths: properly used and stored: Wiping Cloths, Use Limitation – C — Wiping cloths must be kept in a container of approved sanitizer between uses. The sanitizer read less than 10 ppm today. The required sanitizer is 50-200 ppm. Be sure to label this container, as well.

7) Non-food-contact surfaces clean: Nonfood Contact Surfaces – C — Clean all nonfood contact surfaces (top and inside of equipment; shelving; etc.). Remove the cardboard from the racks in the walk-in cooler.

8) Garbage and refuse properly disposed; facilities maintained: Covering Receptacles – C — The grease buckets out back need to be kept covered with lids. Cleaning Receptacles – C — Clean the grease buckets. Outdoor Storage Surface – C — Waste containers must be stored on a smooth, easily cleanable surface that is sloped to drain (grease buckets on the grass). Cleaning Implements and Supplies – C — Keep the hose stored off of the floor (inside the can wash). Maintaining Refuse Areas and Enclosures – C — Clean the can wash.

9) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C — The ceiling in the kitchen is chipping and stained. Repair the chipping and cracking and repaint the ceiling. Clean the floors throughout, especially underneath equipment. Clean the hood filters and the ansul system. 6-201.11 Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C — Fill any holes in the walls with calk or silicone and smooth them out to make them cleanable.

Central Care rest/nursing home, 139 Apex Lane, Mount Airy. Inspected July 7, score 90. Violations: 1) Floors clean, carpet clean, dry, odor free. Clean the floors under residents’ beds and in residents’ closets. Clean the floor behind the washer and dryer in the laundry area. Replace any broken floor tile (one seen in the hallway).

2) Walls and ceilings cleanable, clean, good repair: Clean the cobwebs from the facility (throughout). Replace the base moulding where fallen behind the washer and dryer. Clean the window sills in resident rooms. Fill in the cracks in the walls where needed (seen in room A-11).

3) Ambient air temperature 65 to 85 F, equipment clean: Clean the light fixtures in every resident room. Clean the vent in the bathroom ceilings.

4) Facilities conveniently located, clean and in good repair: The toilets and sinks are dirty in the staff restrooms. Clean the toilet in the central bath. Replace the missing base tile in the central bath. Unclog the toilet beside of room B-13.

5) Lavatories have mixing faucet or tempered water, soap hand towel and hand drying device. Several restrooms and resident rooms in the facility were without paper towels (staff restroom, room A-12, hall bathrooms, A-11, A-10, etc.). Soap was missing from several resident rooms, as well (A-12, A-11, and A-10).

6) Vermine excluded: Flies are numerous throughout the establishment. Continue pest control measures and exterminate, if necessary.

7) Adequate storage, area clean, items properly stored. Keep all storage areas clean, including general storage rooms and resident room closets (remove cobwebs from corners, clean floors, etc.). Try to keep all facility storage off of the floor to facilitate cleaning.

8) Furniture clean and in good repair. Mattresses clean, dry, odor free Several mattresses are in bad repair and need to be replaced (Room A-11 (two in here), and room A-10). Replace any damaged furniture. A couple of pillows were found that need to be replaced (tears and holes in them). Keep pillow cases on pillows (bed linen needs to be provided for every resident, including pillow cases). A few basins in the soiled utility room were dirty and need to be kept clean.

9) Patient contact items in good repair, properly stored, cleaned and disinfected Replace damaged pillows. Keep all patient consumable and contact items stored at least 8 inches off of the floor (toilet paper, cups, adult diapers, lancets, towels, etc.).

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