Knoxville hibachi restaurant fails health inspection with numerous serious violations

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville hibachi restaurant has a failing grade this week with half a dozen serious health violations. Those critical violations are issues that could potentially make customers sick if not corrected.

Osaka Hibachi and Sushi Restaurant, 3349 Sutherland Avenue – Grade: 49

Below 70 is considered unsanitary by the health department.

When the inspector checked behind the sushi cooler, he found roaches crawling around. Osaka’s manager was told to call the restaurant’s pest control company.

The mini reach-in cooler had a problem. It was holding temperature at 55 degrees. That’s too warm. As a result, chicken, steak, scallops, sushi, rice and noodles were ordered thrown out.

The walk-in freezer had a broken door which created a problem. Freezer burn was found on all of the food, which is a quality issue.

The inspector writes not one kitchen worker washed his hands properly while working in the kitchen and preparing food for customers.

Even if they had been washing their hands as required, there were no paper towels at the employee hand sink.

Chandler’s Deli, 3101 Magnolia Avenue – Grade: 75

That’s a passing grade, but there are critical violations.

Food temperatures were off. The inspector writes pork was at 131 degrees, but 140 and above is the proper safe temperature.

Chicken was at 49 degrees; it should have been at 41 and below to slow the growth of bacteria.

Also, a kitchen worker at the food preparation table was seen touching his hair and then touching raw food, but didn’t wash his hands while he was preparing that food as required by health rules.

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