Kitchen Cops

Oct 17, 2013 1:00 AM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops: Inspector uncovers pests at local school

TUCSON - This week's edition of Kitchen Cops includes a local school experiencing an unwanted class of six legged pests.

Outer Limits School 3472 E. Ft. Lowell
Received two critical and three non-critical violations. Rodent droppings were sighted throughout the facility, including the kitchen and the infant room. Rodent bait was observed uncovered on the floor of dry storage. Pesticides must be in covered, tamper resistant containers. Management is required to contact a pest control company and will be re-inspected within 10 days. Non-critical violations included cabinets described as dirty and covered with encrusted food debris. With violations not corrected during the inspection, Outer Limits School, was given a "Needs Improvement" rating.

Outer Limits School Owner/Director, Bill Berk, released a statement saying, "Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the story. We recognize that we had a problem and appreciate the professionalism of the Pima County Health Department in working with us to correct the issue. In ten years operating our licensed kitchen we have always received GOOD or EXCELLENT ratings, we expect to continue that in the future."

[Read the Inspection Report]

Hungry Howie's 7575 W. Twin Peaks Rd.
Received four critical violations. Items stored as clean were dirty. Knives were observed with food debris on them and other utensils were stored in containers with food debris at the bottom of them. A floor sink did not drain properly... flooding the dishwashing and food preparation area. Ham, sausage, bacon and several other refrigerated items were not date marked after being opened. With violations not corrected with the inspector on site, Hungry Howie's, was given a "Needs Improvement" rating.

Hungry Howie's owner, Gordon MacIntyre, released a statement:

"We at Hungry Howie's strive for the highest cleaning standards in everything we do. At the time of our recent inspection, our store experienced a mechanical plumbing failure. Upon this occurring, we immediately had this matter rectified the same day it was noted.

The Health Department was notified of this correction upon having the repair performed. All other violations were corrected on site with the Health Department as well. For added measure, we are performing follow-on training to staff and management to ensure proper cleaning procedures are ahered to at all times.

This is the first time we have ever experienced a problem such as this and will endeavor to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness at our establishment in the future."

On Oct. 3, News 4 Tucson, reported that Sky Rider Coffee Shop, at 11700 W. Avra Valley Rd., received a "Provisional" rating. That same week News 4 reported that Henry's Market, at 3051 E. 36th St., received a "Needs Improvement" rating. The Pima county Health department has confirmed, Sky Rider Coffee Shop and Henry's Market passed re-inspection.

[Read the Inspection Report]

Restaurants awarded "Excellent" ratings:

  • The Good Egg 10565 N. Oracle
  • Zayna Mediterranean 4122 E. Speedway
  • Hog Pit Smoke House Bar & Grill 6910 E. Tanque Verde.

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