South Knoxville donut shop workers unaware of health rules; food temperatures off

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) – For several years now, there’s been a written restaurant food employee health policy in effect in Knox County. Restaurant managers are supposed to know the rules, and they’re required to train or explain the health rules to employers. The idea is to protect you from contracting any foodborne illnesses from employees.

Dunkin Donuts, 7618 Chapman Highway – Grade: 78

That is a passing score, but there will be a follow-up inspection. The inspector writes the manager was “vaguely” aware of the employee illness policy. When she talked with a Dunkin Donuts worker about the policy, the employee told the inspector she had been working for three weeks but had not been trained yet.

The inspector found food temperatures were off. Sausage in the warmer was 95 degrees, but should have been 135 degrees or warmer to kill the growth of bacteria.

The inspector also found that plastic spoons were being used to dispense doughnut mix. However, regular utensils should have been used since they can be cleaned and sanitized, plastic spoons cannot.

A handsink in the kitchen had no paper towels and at another sink, the soap dispenser didn’t work. When the inspector looked inside the ice machine, she wrote that it was black from mold.

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

Top scores of the week:

  • Yassin’s Falafal House, 706 Walnut Avenue – Grade: 100
  • Shoney’s, 2612 Chapman Highway – Grade: 100
  • Chipotle, 4829 Broadway – Grade: 100
  • Volunteer Princess, 956 Volunteer Landing – Grade: 100
  • Moe’s Original BBQ, 4405 Kingston Pike – Grade: 100
  • Smokin’ J’s BBQ, 5200 Rutledge Pike – Grade: 100
  • Panda House, 9209 Middlebrook Pike – Grade: 100
  • Panda Garden, 2423 Callahan Drive – Grade: 100
  • Taco Bell, 8651 Walbrook Drive – Grade: 100
  • Hard Knox Pizzeria, 4437 Kingston Pike – Grade: 99
  • Waffle House, 411 Cedar Bluff Road – Grade: 99

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