Fly found in rice at Knoxville restaurant

Food For Thought

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A sushi grill and buffet has failed its health inspection.

Osaka Grill and Sushi Buffet, 4049 Chapman Highway – Grade: 67 New Grade: 88

In her report, the health inspector noted a number of risk factors at this restaurant, violations that could lead to food borne illness if not corrected. Osaka Grill and Sushi Buffet originally received a 67 on their health inspection, which is considered unsanitary by the health department.

The inspector writes, a server handled dirty dishes then started to prepare food and drinks, but did not wash her hands first. She also watched another server wash his hands without using soap. Your children might do that at home, but restaurant servers can’t.

When the inspector checked for paper towels in the server area, she found none. She writes there was no cold water in a kitchen hand-sink, which is required in health rules. Also, there was no hot water at an employee restroom hand-sink, which is also required.

A dead fly was found in rice. The product was immediately thrown away.

Fish was being thawed at room temperature. It’s supposed to be thawed at 41 degrees in a refrigerator to slow the growth of bacteria.

Also, two cans of soy sauce were dented at the seam which can possibly lead to contamination. The sauce was thrown out.

Now Osaka Grill and Buffet has been re-inspected. The critical violations were taken care of. As you see the new grade is an 88.

Shoney’s, 4031 N. Broadway – Grade: 78 New Grade: 97

A few weeks ago, the Shoney’s on Broadway in North Knoxville received a 78. The violations there have been corrected, the re-inspected grade is a 97.

Web Extra: This week’s full inspection reports [PDF]

Quite few restaurants received excellent health inspection grades.

Top Scores of the Week:

  • Habaneros Mexican, 4707 Asheville Highway – 100.
  • Gino’s Pizza, 7328 Middlebrook Pike – 100.
  • El Metate Mexican Mexican Restaurant, 4721 Sam Walton Way – 99
  • Sonic Drive-In, 4515 Chapman Highway – 99
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 324 N Peters Road – 97
  • The Round Up Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor, 3643 Sevierville Pike – 97
  • Sonic Drive-In, 7519 Mountain Grove Drive – 96.
  • Country Inn, 805 Campbell Station Road – 96

While at a restaurant, if you notice a health violation politely tell the manager. If nothing is done, call the health department in the county where you live.

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