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Restaurant sanitation scores Jan. 6-21
Georgia Dept of Public Health

The following are among the food service establishments inspected in December by the Liberty County Health Department. The department scores on a 100-percentile scale. Kitchens are inspected at least every four months and are required to post their score sheets in public. The score and selected comments from health inspectors are included in each report. To view all restaurant scores, go to tal-health-inspections.

Jan. 6

• Little Caesars, 205 General Screven Way. Hinesville. Score: 99. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) Observed food residue on the green racks and observed grease build up (baked on grease) on the outside of pizza pans. New violation. (2) Observed self-closing fixture on bathroom in disrepair. (3) Need to see specifications on new equipment for facility.

Jan. 12

• Dug Out Sports Bar & Grill, 818 E.G. Miles Pkwy., Hinesville. Score: 98. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) Observed debris buildup (brown substance) on the interior of the soda gum holster. New violation. (2) Observed water damaged ceiling tiles in the bar area. New violation. (3) Make sure internal thermometer in the reach-in cooler is 41F or below. The internal thermometer was reading 50F. Owner stated that the thermometer is elevated because of the lunch rush and going in and out of the cooler. (4) Need updated menu for Liberty County Environmental Health. (5) Talked to manager/cook wearing hair restrained while cooking or prepping food.

• McDonald’s (Midway), 13689 E. Oglethorpe Hwy., Midway. Score: 91. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) Certified food safety manager certification not posted for public to view. New violation. (2) Observed black substance or build up on the front soda dispensing nozzles. Corrected on site by employee cleaning drink nozzles. New violation. (3) Observed single-use items (plastic cups) stored on the ground in the outside storage unit. Corrected on site by manager placing the items on the racks. New violation. (4) Observed top of trash dumpster stuck in between two dumpsters. The manager stated that the dumpsters are going to be moved so they can close the lid. They are waiting for the men to come and move the dumpster. (5) Observed tea buckets stored on the floor in the walk-in cooler. Corrected on site by manager placing buckets on rollers. (6) Observed urinal not working in the men’s bathroom. (7) Talked to manager about variance pending for the McDonald’s process pasteurized American cheese. Until the variance is approved, the cheese needs to have a hold time of 4 hours. (8) The onions that were at 68F because they were just used to make some sautéed onions and they were stored by the grill.

• The Silver Dollar Lounge, 297 Leroy Coffer Hwy., Midway. Score: 96. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) Water samples for well water not submitted as required. Repeat from previous inspection. (2) I talked to the owner about repeat violations and the permit could be suspended if repeat violations are not corrected before 3 consecutive repeats.

Jan. 13

• Dunkin Donuts, 541 W. Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville. Score: 97. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) Observed drive-thru window propped open. Corrected on site by closing window. Talked to manager about violation and she stated that the window used to close automatically before the store was robbed, but since the incident the employees have to close the window themselves. I told her to talk to her personnel about closing the window when they are not serving the customer or when they have to leave the window to fix food/drinks. New violation. (2) Observed boxes of Minute Maid stored on the floor in the walk-in freezer. Corrected on site by manger putting the boxes on the racks. (3) Observed back door not closing completely or tight fitting. Need to make sure door is sealed in which light cannot pass through. (4) Discussed new rules and regulations with manager.

• Liberty Cinema, 565 W. Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville. Score: 100. Grade: A.
Remarks: Discussed with manager the new Georgia rules and regulations.

Jan. 14

• JT’s Bar-B-Que, 36 Montague St., Riceboro. Score: 96. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) Observed equipment in poor repair (freezer door handle repaired with tape). Repeat violation 2. (2) Observed worn and torn floor tiles repaired with tape. Repeat violation. (3) Observed outside grill without overhead protection and grill not stored on concrete slab. Repeat violation 5. (4) Observed raw shell eggs stored over prepared/cooked ribs. Corrected on site by owner moving raw eggs in the bottom drawer below the ribs. (5) The grass over the drain field needs to be cut so the drain field can be inspected.

• Sho Nuff Smokin Good BBQ Mobile, 4827 W. 15th St., Hinesville. Score: 97. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) No conspicuously located thermometer in holding unit. New violation. (2) Refrigerator temperature slightly elevated because of the lunch rush. Need to make sure it is working properly by keeping food at 41F or below. The potato salad was prepared this morning and the milk was out during breakfast time for grits and pancakes. (3) Observed thawed chicken tenders in the reach-in freezer. Do not refreeze tenders. If the facility has leftovers after lunch rush the chicken tenders need to be discarded at the end of the work day. (4) Need to repair hole in screen door to prevent the entry of bugs into the facility. Corrected on site by moving panel on door.

Jan. 15

• LaQuinta Inn & Suites-Bar, 1740 E. Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville. Score: 100. Grade: A.
Remarks: No PHFs to temp. Facility not open during inspection. Manager stated that the facility is no longer selling food.

• Subway #3 27016, 771 Veterans Pkwy., Hinesville. Score: 92. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) Observed handwashing sink in the kitchen inaccessible because black containers were stored in the sink to dry. Corrected on site by employee moving black containers to the drying racks. New violation. (2) Observed black debris on the white soda dispensing nozzles and the soda dispenser under the white nozzles. Observed food debris and build up on the cutting blade on the slicer. I asked if the manager knew how to remove the blade to clean the blade properly. The manager did not know how to remove the blade. New violation. (3) Observed employee’s food and personal items stored in the walk-in cooler, storage racks, etc. Corrected on site by employee moving personal items to office. (4) I asked about Servsafe certificate and the person in charge stated that the employee does not work at the facility. Facility has 60 days to employ another certified food safety manager.

• Uncommon Grounds, 110 S. Commerce St., Hinesville. Score: 96. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) Observed Silk product stored in the reach-in cooler past expiration date and not date marked with the date it was opened. I asked the manager when the product was opened and he could not remember. Observed sliced tomatoes stored in the refrigerator not date marked. Employee did not know when the tomatoes were sliced. Corrected on site by discarding of items. New violation. (2) Observed burned out light bulbs in the back kitchen area with 4-compartment sink. (3) Observed wet wiping cloths stored on black pad on the counter. (4) Sandwich line cooler and reach-in cooler not working at the time of inspection. (5) Employees working with food /beverages need to have their hair restrained.

Jan. 21

• F.R. Wok-N-Roll Inc., 466 W. General Screven, Hinesville. Score: 72. Grade: C.
Remarks: (1) Observed employee cutting imitation crab with bare hands. Corrected on site by employee donning gloves. New violation. (2) Observed food stored uncovered in the walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer. New violation. (3) Observed employee improperly washing utensils. The employee washed the utensils with soap, then rinsed off the soap. The employee did not sanitize the utensils. New violation. (4) Observed food stored at room temperature above 41F. Corrected on site by discarding of food. Repeat from previous inspection. I talked with the person in charge about placing out small amounts of food during lunch rush and discarding of any leftovers. (5) Observed multiple food items in the cooler not date marked (cooked noodles, cooked chicken, etc.) Person in charge was not sure when food was cooked. During next inspection if food is not properly date marked food will be discarded. New violation. (5) Need designated area to store personal food. (6) Need to check ventilation hood to see the last time it was cleaned/serviced. (7) Need to move unused equipment from outside storage area.

• McDonald’s (84), 203 W. Oglethorpe Hwy., Hinesville. Score: 93. Grade: A.
Remarks: (1) Observed certified food safety manager certification not posted for public view. Observed Duval Harris Servsafe certification. Corrected on site. New violation. (2) Observed employee wrapping/preparing food in the employee break area. Corrected on site by moving preparation to kitchen area. New violation. (3) Observed water pooling at the bottom of the reach-in cooler. (4) Observed front cooler without internal thermometer. (5) Food stored in the vegetable cooler over prep line above 41F were moved to the walk-in cooler to reduce temperature. The internal thermometer during 2nd temperatures was 38F. I talked to the manager about making sure the cooler was turned and temperature around 41, before putting food in the cooler. (6) Observed drip pan on the prep line cooler where vegetables and cheese are stored. (7) Talked to manager about cheese variance still pending and facility holding cheese for 4 hours at room temperature.

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