Several critical health violations reported at Halls Mexican restaurant

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The manager at the Knox County restaurant with the lowest health score apparently was caught off guard when the inspector came to visit, based on the number of critical violations in her report. While it’s a passing grade, the inspector will return for a follow up.

Cancun Mexican Cantina and Grill, 4100 Crippen Road – Grade: 78

A grade below 70 is considered unsanitary, but there are a number of problems.

The inspector writes she found utensils that kitchen workers were using to prepare food stored on top of a trash can. That’s the wrong place. In between use, she writes the tongs should have been kept on a clean dry surface, not on top of a dirty trash can.

When she checked in the walk-in cooler, the inspector found moldy oranges about ready to be served to customers. They were ordered thrown out.

Also, the inspector found a severely dented can of tomato puree. That’s a big deal because dents in cans can potentially spoil the contents and possibly make customers sick. The can and its contents were thrown out.

Finally, the inspector writes she found a damp, dirty towel on the food preparation table, not a good place to leave it lying around. Also, when she checked inside the ice machine, it had mildew in it.

The inspector will return to Cancun for a follow up soon.

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