Health Department Inspections


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.

222 Public House, 222 East Main St., Elkin. Inspected March 7, score 96. Violations: 1) Proper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use: Eating, Drinking, or Using Tobacco – C – Two employee drinks were found improperly stored on the prep sink and pizza prep unit. Keep all employee drinks stored below or away from cooking, prep or food stoage areas. The employee drinks were relocated to correct the violation.

2) Proper cooling time and temperatures: Cooling – P – A large container of queso was found in the walk in cooler with a temperature of 57 degrees F. where it was cooling from yesterday. The queso was voluntarily thrown away to correct the violation. Cool foods from 135 to 70 degrees F. within two hours. The product must then cool from 70 to 41 degrees F. (for 7 day date marking). in an additional four hours.

3) Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control: Cooling Methods – PF – A large container of queso was found cooling covered in the walk in cooler. Use an approved method to cool foods such as an ice bath or shallow pans. The queso was voluntarily thrown away to correct the violation.

4) Utensils, equipment and linens: properly stored, dried and handled: Equipment, Utensils, Linens and Single-Service and Single-Use Articles-Storing – C – Clean the inside of the container lid storage bin. Invert the pans in the catering side dish room. Invert or cover the plates and glasses in the banquet room. 4-901.11 Equipment and Utensils, Air-Drying Required – C – Several plastic and metal containers were found wet nested today. Allow all containers to air dry before stacking them.

5) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Repairing-Premises, Structures, Attachments, and Fixtures-Methods – C – Repair the floor near the drain in front of the grill. Repair/box in the wall at the pizza prep unit where raw wood is exposed. Maintaining Premises, Unnecessary Items and Litter – C – A small reach in cooler is being used as a table-top and is no longer working. Repair the reach in cooler or replace the cooler with an approved table. Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C – Clean the floor in the banquet room bar.

7-Eleven Inc., 631 CC Camp Rd., Elkin. Inspected March 7, score 95.5. Violations: 1) PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties: Certified Food Protection Manager – C – The person in charge was not certified as a food protection manager. At least one person must be present all times when the roller grill is open who is a certified food protection manager.

2) Contamination prevented during food preparation, storage and display: Food Display-Preventing Contamination by Consumers – P – Apples were stored unwrapped and unprotected without a sign directing the customer to wash the product before consuming. A sign was placed at the apples to correct the violation. All food products must be kept protected while in storage unless a sign is placed on a produce item intended for the customer to wash the product before consuming.

3) Single-use and single-service articles; properly stored and used: Equipment, Utensils, Linens and Single-Service and Single-Use Articles-Storing – C – Single service cups were found stored on the floor. Keep all single service items stored at least six inches off of the floor. Coffee filters were found uncovered on the shelf in the back storage. Coffee cups were found on display without being sleeved or in a dispenser. Keep all single service items protected from contamination while they are in storage or on display.

4) Toilet facilities: properly constructed, supplied and cleaned: Cleaning of Plumbing Fixtures – C – Clean the urinals and sinks in the mens restroom.

5) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C – Clean the floor in the men’s restroom and the back storage/dish room. Repairing-Premises, Structures, Attachments, and Fixtures-Methods – C – Repair the floor tiles that are cracked at the prep cooler.

Aunt Bea’s Barbecue, 452 Andy Griffith Parkway, Mount Airy. Inspected March 9, score 97. Violations: 1) Proper date marking and disposition: Ready-To-Eat Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food), Date Marking – PF — Bologna which was thawing in the sandwich unit since yesterday had no date mark. The bologna must be date marked once opened and when allowed to thaw. Also, the temperature of the sandwich unit that the bologna was stored in was reading around 44-45 degrees F. Since the internal temperature exceeds 41 degrees F, the bologna in this sandwich unit must be date marked for a maximum of 4 days. Several containers of food in the walk-in cooler (soup, cabbage, and macaroni and cheese) were not date marked. These were all the last amounts of food left in their original storage containers, but the dates were not transferred to the new containers. In the future, these dates need to be transferred.

2) Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control: Cooling Methods – PF — 4 containers of food (macaroni and cheese, beans (2), and stewed beef) were cooling in an ice bath (for 30-45 minutes), but the temperature in the middle of the food product was reading 30-40 degrees F different than the outside perimeter of the container. This signals that the food is not being stirred during the cooling process. When cooling in an ice bath, it is a requirement to occasionally stir so that temperatures remain uniform throughout the container. This will also speed up cooling. This was corrected by stirring the food.

3) Utensils, equipment and linens: properly stored, dried and handled: Equipment and Utensils, Air-Drying Required – C — Several dishes stored above the 3-compartment sink were found nested wet. Allow all dishes to air-dry completely before nesting.

4) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C — Clean the floors under equipment and shelving. Clean the floor in the walk-in freezer. Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C — Seal the wall to the base tile, using caulk or silicone in the catering area underneath the handwash sink. Recaulk behind the handwash sink in the employee restroom (caulk cracking).

Burger King, 2106 Rockford St., Mount Airy. Inspected March 8, score 96. Violations: 1) Time as a Public Health Control: procedures and records: Time as a Public Health Control – P,PF — At 1:45 PM, cut tomatoes were observed with a 6:00 PM discard time. According to the facility’s procedures, the tomatoes are to be thrown away within 4 hours after prepping. Because the time stamp exceeded 4 hours, this is a violation. The time stamp was corrected during the inspection.

2) Personal cleanliness: Effectiveness-Hair Restraints – C — Food employees must wear an effective hair restraint, including managers. Food employees are those employees working with food, utensils, or food contact surfaces.

3) Single-use and single-service articles; properly stored and used: Equipment, Utensils, Linens and Single-Service and Single-Use Articles-Storing – C — Several stacks of cups did not have plastic sleeves pulled up the length of the cups, which will subject the cups to potential splash.

4) Warewashing facilities: installed, maintained and used; test strips: Sanitizing Solutions, Testing Devices – PF — Chlorine is being used for sanitizing, but there were no chlorine test strips. Purchase or locate new test strips within 10 days.

5) Non-food-contact surfaces clean 4-602.13 Nonfood Contact Surfaces – C — Clean all non-food contact surfaces (inside of equipment, shelves in units, in the slushie machine cabinet, inside fryer cabinets, outside of fryers, etc.).

6) Garbage and refuse properly disposed; facilities maintained: Using Drain Plugs – C — The garbage dumpster did not have a drain plug. Place a drain plug in the dumpster. Maintaining Refuse Areas and Enclosures – C — Due to the missing drain plug, the garbage dumpster was leaking, so the dumpster pad should be cleaned.

7) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C — Repair floors where damaged. Replace tiles, if necessary. Re-seal under the toilet in the women’s restroom. Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C — Clean the floors underneath equipment (throughout). Clean the floors underneath shelving (especially in the storage room). Clean the floors in the walk-in units. Clean the walls where needed. Clean the hood system. Clean behind drive-thru equipment (walls/floors). Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C — Keep sanitizer buckets off of the floor.

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