Brenda Elrod of the Smith County Public Health District says, "Temperature is critical to food safety. You must keep hot foods hot, 140F or hotter and cold foods cold 41F or below. If they're in between those two temperatures, bacteria can and does grow and survive, and we can make people sick."
Also among the violations, food pans were being washed in the food prep sink. And, hand-washed dishes were not being properly sanitized. Little Italy's score: an 82.
On a recheck April 11, repairs had been done on the cooling unit. No score given on that recheck.
Paco's at 2610 S. Main in Lindale was inspected April 4th. The inspector noted inadequate cool-down methods for some hot foods, prior to going in a cooler.
Brenda Elrod: "A very good trick for cooling down large quantities of food quickly is submerge a container of food in an ice bath, that way you drop the temperature of the food quickly which makes it safe, but it also makes it taste better because it stops the cooking process."