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.

Prime Thai, 642 N. Bridge St., Elkin. Inspected April 21, score 96. Violations: 1) Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized: Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces and Utensils-Frequency – P – The ice machine had mold and bacteria build-up on the top and bottom ice shields. Clean the ice machine at frequency to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria build-up.

2) Proper date marking and disposition: Ready-To-Eat Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food), Date Marking – PF – Custard was found in the reach in cooler that had been prepared on Monday and had not been date marked. Date mark all ready to eat, potentially hazardous foods that will be held under refrigeration more than 24 hours after it has been opened or prepared. The custard was date marked to correct the violation. Ready-To-Eat Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food), Disposition – P – Cut cabbage was found in the prep unit with a date marking of 4/14/16 (day 8). All date marked items must be sold, served or discarded within 7 days of being opened or prepared. The cabbage was voluntarily thrown away to correct the violation.

3) Wiping cloths: properly used and stored: Wiping Cloths, Use Limitation – C – (REPEAT) Several wiping cloths were found improperly stored on the prep unit and prep table today. All cloths used to wipe down equipment or food contact surfaces must be kept submerged in a bucket of sanitizer between uses.

4) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C – Clean the lower part of the walls throughout the kitchen. Repairing-Premises, Structures, Attachments, and Fixtures-Methods – C – Repair the door on the walk in freezer that is damaged at the bottom of the door. Repair the booth in the dining room where the upholstry is torn.

Royalls Soda Shoppe, 128 W. Main St., Elkin. Inspected April 21, score 93. Violations: 1) PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties: Demonstration – C- At lease one employee who has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service shall be a certified protection manager by taking and passing an ANSI accredited program (servsafe for example). This person must be present during the inspection.

2) Food separated and protected: Packaged and Unpackaged Food-Separation, Packaging, and Segregation – P- Observed eggs and ground beef for personal use stored over produce and cheese. Store personal food separately away from restaurant food in a container on the bottom shelf. Cdi by owner moving personal food to the bottom shelf. Observed canned tomatoes and sugar stored on the floor from a delivery the day before. Store delivered food quickly. Cdi by placing 6” off of the floor.

3) Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized: Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces and Utensils-Frequency – C- Observed mold growth on the soda dispenser nozzles. Clean and sanitize as necessary to preclude soil and mold build-up. Cdi by cleaning and sanitizing.

4) Thermometers provided and accurate: Food Temperature Measuring Devices – PF- The sliding glass door cooler thermometer is missing. I will return within 10 days for compliance.

5) Equipment, food and non-food-contact surfaces approved; cleanable, properly designed, constructed and used: Good Repair and Calibration-Utensils and Temperature and Pressure Measuring Devices – C- The thermometer in the produce cooler is inaccurate. Replace. Food Equipment, Certification and Classification – C- Toaster oven is intended for domestic use only. Replace with an ANSI approved piece of equipment intended for commercial use.

6) Meets ventilation and lighting requirements; designated areas used: Using Dressing Rooms and Lockers – C- Store personal items I.E. Cigarettes, lighters, cell phones, cdi, cdi player, ear buds, and wallets away from food, equipment, single-service, and linens. Cdi by moving employee personal items to approved areas.

Tharrington Elementary School lunch room, 315 Culbert St., Mount Airy. Inspected April 21, score 99. Violation: Equipment, food and non-food-contact surfaces approved; cleanable, properly designed, constructed and used: Good Repair and Proper Adjustment-Equipment – C — The 3-compartment and 2-compartment prep sinks have squared corners which make it nearly impossible to clean properly. The sinks should be replaced with modern approved sinks that have cleanable compartments. Replace the oven handle (it is taped to repair, but tape is not easily cleanable). The milk box on the ice machine side of the cafeteria is not working and should be repaired. Milk is being iced down to keep it below 41 degrees F.

Two-Sixty-Eight Grill, 709 highway 268 West, Elkin. Inspected April 21, score 98. Violations: 1) Effectiveness-Hair Restraints – C – *REPEAT* All food service employees must wear an effective hair restraint. Employees were witnessed engaging in food preparation without wearing a hair restraint today.

2) Equipment, food and non-food-contact surfaces approved; cleanable, properly designed, constructed and used: Good Repair and Proper Adjustment-Equipment – C – (REPEAT) Replace or repair the biscuit warmer so that it meets chapters 4-1 and 4-2 of the NC Food Code. Repeat points were not assessed because several items had been corrected from the previous inspection. Equipment and Utensils-Durability and Strength – C – Paper towels are not designed to be used in contact with food and cannot be stored in contact with fries. Remove the paper towel that is stored under the fries.

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