Duct tape holds cooking pots together at lowest scoring Knox County restaurant

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Duct tape holding pots and pans together at one restaurant is one of the unusual violations cited this week in the Knox County health inspection scores.

The issues at the lowest scoring restaurant involved some critical violations and risk factors that could potentially lead to foodborne illness outbreaks if not corrected.

Rice King Chinese Restaurant, 12864 Kingston Pike – Grade: 76

The lowest health inspection grade is at Rice King Chinese Restaurant on Kingston Pike in Farragut. They received a passing grade, but a re-inspection will still be necessary.

When the inspector asked the person in charge to demonstrate his knowledge of health inspection guidelines, the inspector writes he had no understanding of his duties. The kitchen staff was also asked if they understood health rules. The inspector writes that the restaurant’s staff could not describe or explain any of the rules. The inspector said he went over the rules with the supervisor and his staff.

Food temperatures were a problem. Raw chicken and noodles were found to be at 50 degrees, but 41 degrees and below is the safe temperature to prevent people from potentially getting sick.

Also in the refrigerator, raw chicken that’s filled with bacteria was found stored above raw produce which could potentially lead to cross contamination. The inspector found some pans used to cook food held together with duct tape, which isn’t exactly sanitary.

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

Don Gallo, 10681 Hardin Valley Road – Grade: 80 New Grade: 85

Last week Don Gallo on Hardin Valley Road scored an 80. This week, all of the critical violations were corrected and the new grade is a 95.

Previous story: Food temperatures, cleanliness problems found at 2 lowest scoring Knox County restaurants
There are more than half a dozen places this week with perfect health inspection scores.

Top Scores of the Week

  • Bonefish Grill, 6610 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Aldruda’s, 125 N. Peter Road – Grade: 100
  • Blaze Fast Fire’D Pizza, 113 N. Peters Road – Grade: 100
  • Bubby’s BBQ, 5806 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Penn Station, 7025 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Cook-Out, 2135 Cumberland Avenue – Grade: 100
  • Love That BBQ, 1901 Maryville Pike – Grade: 100
  • McDonald’s, 327 Lovell Road – Grade: 100
  • Bojangles, 505 Lovell Road – Grade: 100
  • Taco Bell, 401 Lovell Road – Grade: 100
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, 7608 Kingston Pike – Grade: 99

Restaurants are inspected every six months, but if you notice a problem call the health department in the county where you live.

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