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10/18/12- Live rodent found in ETX restaurant

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Moldy sinks, live rodents, and dirty kitchens are just some of the things inspectors found this week in some Smith County restaurants.

First up, Ramirez Mexican Food off Highway 64 in Tyler.
Inspectors noted, no soap was found by the kitchen hand sink,every sink must have soap at all times. They also found four pans of food, including beef, salsa, tomato's and beans stored in wrong temperatures. All of the food had to be discarded. The ice machine had a moldy build-up.
Total demerits: 15

Next up, El Ranchito, off FM 2493 in Tyler.
Two packages of raw chicken were not properly thawed out, and inspectors were not sure how long it had been sitting out. Both packages were discarded.
Inspectors found insect spray next to a box of gloves under a sink. Residential type inspect sprays are not allowed in a commercial setting.
Total demerits: 16

Inspectors went to Jack in the Box off the North Northwest Loop 323 in Tyler and observed an open cup of coffee next to different sauces and the food prep area.
They also found evidence of rodent droppings in a storage area, and even found a live rodent inside the storage area next to the mop sink.
The grill had a large amount of grease and dust build up.
Total demerits: 16

Doc's Pizza in Lindale made the list this week, with several foods stored in the wrong temp.
Their dish machine was not properly sanitized, and the certified food manager had an expired certificate.
The establishment was given a one week notice to correct all violations, before they loose their food establishment permit.
Total demerits: 24

Last up, China Star Express and Grill off the South Southwest Loop 323 in Tyler.
Several foods in the buffet were stored in the wrong temperatures, and some of it had to be discarded.
The certified food manager touched the chicken with his bare hands, and several foods had no date marking.
Inspectors also found personal items next to food items in the kitchen.
Total demerits: 33

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