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.

Sonic Drive In 3585, 1425 N. Bridge St., Elkin. Inspected March 29, score 91.5. Violations: 1) Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – P- Observed the onion chopper that was stored with dried food debris. Clean and sanitize utensils before storing. Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces and Utensils-Frequency – C- Observed mold growth on the beverage dispensing heads. These need to be cleaned at a frequency as specified by the manufacturer or as necessary to preclude the accumulation of soil or mold. CDI by cleaning and sanitizing. Dressing station containers need to be cleaned and sanitized every 24 hours.

2) Insects and rodents not present; no unauthorized animals: Controlling Pests – PF- Observed a live roach on the food prep area floor and observed chew marks on bread from rodents. PIC stated that pest control measures were in place and bait stations were placed outside the building. The premises shall be maintained free of insects, rodents, and other pests.

3) Contamination prevented during food preparation, storage and display: Segregation and Location-Distressed Merchandise – PF- Observed bread that was damaged and contaminated (chew marks) By rodents stored on shelving with skates and chemicals and was not labeled to not use. Label and store in a designated area separated from food, equipment, utensils, linens, and single service until credit is given.

4) Single-use and single-service articles; properly stored and used: Equipment, Utensils, Linens and Single-Service and Single-Use Articles-Storing – C- Observed gloves stored outside of the box on contaminated equipment and gloves that were contaminated that were stored inside the box. Cdi by discarding the gloves.

5) Equipment, food and non-food-contact surfaces approved; cleanable, properly designed, constructed and used: Good Repair and Proper Adjustment-Equipment – C- Repair the fryer leak. Repair the prep table steam table and the prince castle unit that is not working. Repair shake machine if its going to be used or remove from the facility.

6) Non-food-contact surfaces clean: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – C- Clean fryer and fryer cabinets for heavy grease build-up. Clean tops, sides, legs and feet of equipment for dust and grease. Clean shelving inside refrigeration and walk-ins. Heavy cleaning needed around the grill area. Clean prep table shelving. Clean fry station. Clean dry food container and lids. Clean gaskets.

7) Plumbing installed; proper backflow devices: System Maintained in Good Repair – C- Repair the toilet that is leaking in the men’s room and secure the toilet in the women’s restroom that is loose.

8) Toilet facilities: properly constructed, supplied and cleaned 0 PTS: Cleaning of Plumbing Fixtures – C- Clean toilet fixtures especially in the men’s restroom.

9) Garbage and refuse properly disposed; facilities maintained: Maintaining Refuse Areas and Enclosures – C- Dumpster pad needs cleaning. Grease build-up, leaves and other trash. Place bags of trash in the dumpster, not on the ground. Cleaning Receptacles – C- Dumpsters and inside trash cans need cleaned. Remove or clean the grease container that has grease build-up. Storage Areas, Rooms and Receptacles, Capacity and Availability – C- A small trash can needs to be available at the back handwash to dispose single use paper towels.

10) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Repairing-Premises, Structures, Attachments, and Fixtures-Methods – C- Address the rusty floor in the walk-in cooler. Repair the ceiling where there is water damage in the bathroom and throughout the kitchen where the ceiling tiles are missing. Replace/repair floor tiles that are loose. Repair small holes in the walls where equipment was removed from the facility and in the bathrooms. Repair the corner piece and broken tile at the service sink. Need keys for toilet paper dispensers. Tighten toilet seat in the mens room. Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C- Floor/wall cleaning needed under and behind equipment. Clean ceiling tiles and air vents where needed (dust and grease). Clean the floor drains. Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C- All ceiling tiles must be washable and non-absorbant. Replace the ones that are not. Maintaining Premises, Unnecessary Items and Litter – C- Do not leave bags of trash in the coral. Clean out leaves and litter from the corral.

11) Meets ventilation and lighting requirements; designated areas used: Intensity-Lighting – C- Need 10 foot candles of light in the walk-in coolers and at the service sink. Cleaning Ventilation Systems, Nuisance and Discharge Prohibition – C- Clean hood filters.

Thai Cafe, 647 W. Independence Blvd., Mount Airy. Inspected April 12, score 95.5. Violations: 1) Hands clean and properly washed: When to Wash – P – The dish washing employee was witnessed loading the dish machine with dirty dishes and then removed clean dishes from the clean drain board to store without first washing their hands. Employees must wash their hands between handling dirty and clean dishes and containers. The employee re-washed contaminated bowls and washed his hands to correct the violation.

2) Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized: Manual and Mechanical Warewashing Equipment, Chemical Sanitization-Temperature, pH, Concentration and Hardness – P – The sanitizer tested below 50ppm chlorine in the wiping cloth bucket near the dish machine today. Keep all sanitizer prepared between 50 and 200ppm chlorine. The sanitizer was re-made to correct the violation.

3) Non-food-contact surfaces clean: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – C – Clean the shelving in the walk in cooler. Clean the handles of refrigeration. Clean the prep unit above the doors.

4) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C – Clean the floor in the walk in cooler under the shelving. Clean the hood system filters. Replace the missing ceiling tile above the hood system.

The Depot, 112 Old Depot Lane, Dobson. Inspected March 31, score 96. Violations: 1) Food separated and protected: Packaged and Unpackaged Food-Separation, Packaging, and Segregation – P – (REPEAT) A container of corndogs was found stored below a container of raw fish in the reach in cooler. Packages of raw fish were found above cooked prime rib in the reach in cooler. A large container of raw hamburger was found above containers of raw steaks and pork in the reach in cooler. Keep all raw meats stored below or away from ready to eat foods. Keep all raw meats stored by their minimum internal cooking temperature. All foods were relocated to correct the violation.

2) Consumer advisory provided for raw or undercooked foods: Consumption of Animal Foods that are Raw, Undercooked, or Not Otherwise Processed to Eliminate Pathogens – PF – The consumer advisory in place on the current menus have a disclosure for the children’s menu on hamburgers. The children’s menu cannot disclose hamburgers to be served raw or undercooked. I will return in 10 days to ensure that the disclosure has been removed from the children’s menu.

3) Toxic substances properly identified, stored, and used: Common Name-Working Containers – PF – The sanitizer bottles were not labeled today. Soap was found in a vinegar container without a new label. All working containers of chemicals must be labeled with the common name of the product. The bottles and container were labeled to correct the violation.

4) Non-food-contact surfaces clean: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – C – Clean the shelving in the outside walk in coolers and freezer. Clean the shelving and bottom of the reach in freezer on the grill line.

5) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C – Clean the floors under the shelving in the walk in freezer. Maintaining Premises, Unnecessary Items and Litter – C – Keep the premises free of equipment and items that are not used or are broken outside of the establishment. A reach in freezer is non-working that is stored outside of building. Repairing-Premises, Structures, Attachments, and Fixtures-Methods – C – Repair the floor tiles that are damaged along the drain grate on the grill line. Storing Maintenance Tools – C – A string trimmer and leaf blower was found stored in contact with catering equipment. Keep all maintenance tools stored separate and not in contact with restaurant equipment.

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