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Archive for Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Inspections find food code violations

December 20, 2005

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has taken action against five area restaurants, including three in Lawrence, for state food code violations. Businesses can appeal the fines.

Milton's Coffee Inc., 920 Mass., was fined $1,000 for repeated violations. In August the business also was fined $1,250 for repeated violations. Violations that have occurred during the past year include an employee observed handling food without washing hands and storing some food at temperatures higher than allowed.

La Liona Inc., doing business as El Mezcal II, 804 Iowa, was fined $900 for the following: an employee handling tomatoes with a bare hand; cheese found sitting on a stove at 81 degrees; and storing raw beef, shrimp and cooked chicken in areas that weren't kept cool enough.

Lin Wan Linn, doing business as Imperial Garden, 2907 W. Sixth St., was fined $1,500 for the following violations: foods found in a hot buffet line at temperatures lower than required; storage of foods in a refrigerator at higher than required temperatures; and cockroaches found near the grill and wait station.

In Ottawa, Tequila Inc., doing business as El Mezcal, 402 Main, was fined $2,250 for the following violations: an employee handling dishes without washing hands; an employee handling raw chicken and then handling ready to eat enchiladas; flies seen on a fryer basket, in a food preparation area and on a ready-to-eat taco; stored plates found dirty; and sewage found on the floor in a dishwashing area.

Paul Davis, doing business as Fourth Street Cafe, 400 E. Fourth St., Tonganoxie, was fined $1,200. The following violations were found: an employee's drink stored above the steam table in the kitchen; improper storage of egg shells, pancake mix, taco meat, sausage and ham; and improper date labeling of roast beef and turkey containers.

Comments

larrybill 8 years, 4 months ago

This seems like the inspectors are trying to prove something. i worked in the food buisness a couple of years ago and remember when they would come in and walk around and left. As long as you didnt pee on someones food they where fine. You also had to fix problems as they where seen. Im sure that there are a lot worse things going on daily. If they care so much why did they do away with the dairy insections. Thats right nobody inspects ice cream. This in my opinion is very hazradus

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Steve Jacob 8 years, 4 months ago

I don't think of any of the above as major, except Tequila Inc., those are BAD violations.

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smitty 8 years, 4 months ago

I quit going to Miltons when I pointed out the flys on the sweet rolls during the warm weather when they had their doors open a couple of years ago. No corrective action was taken by the owner. The offenses in the Tongie place seem nit picking comparatively.

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foodcritic 8 years, 4 months ago

I know someone who used to be a cook at Milton's and it is no shock to me.

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cavtrooper 8 years, 4 months ago

Miltons? Wow.. That's a shocker (no sarcasm!)

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