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11/18/04-Smith County

Five Smith County Eateries Have Serious Problems

(Source: Northeast Texas Public Health District.)

La Michoacana, 310 N. Beckham in Tyler was inspected October 25th.

Rice and beans were at 48-53F -- should be 41F or below.

Raw eggs at 57-75F, should be 41F or below.

Other problems were noted.

"Most of the things we saw were cross contamination with chicken and beef in the display case. Another thing that we did see were they were using trash cans as tables to put their frozen meat into display cases," said Mireya Staples of the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

Also, there was shrimp thawing above raw chicken in a sink. An employee was seen handling tortillas with bare hands, and there was no soap or paper towels in meat prep room.

Total demerits: 32.

On a recheck: November 15, cooked pork in a warmer was at 112-114F. Should be 140F or hotter.

Total demerits: 13. The restaurant was put on 30-day notice to correct all temperature problems.

Loggins To-Go, 16700 FM 2493 in Tyler was inspected October 27th.

Cooked chicken not cooled quickly enough -- at 74F after 3 hours, 45 minutes.

Chicken broth at 98F, should be 140F or hotter.

Employee handled money and then utensils and food without washing hands.

Bug spray stored in food area.

Total demerits: 17. No recheck ordered.

Skateworld 2000, 109 Robert E. Lee Drive, Tyler was inspected October 27.

Condiments gnawed at by rodents. Rodent droppings throughout cabinets.

"If you have rodents, they can be chewing and that's a source of contamination or rodent droppings and of course, the urine smears," said Brenda Elrod of the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

Rodent baits and poison blocks were not properly dispensed.

Total demerits: 17. A recheck has been ordered, but is not yet on file.

Dwayne's Country Cafe, 1603 WSW Loop 323 in Tyler was inspected October 21.

Employee taking out trash, sweeping and then handling clean dishes without washing hands.

Raw chicken above eggs in cooler.

Total demerits: 15. No recheck ordered.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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