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May 23, 2014 1:28 AM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops: Thawing food leads to critical violations

There are twenty eight categories included in a Pima County Health Department inspection report. If an eating establishment gets more than four critical violations it is given a "Provisional" rating. Unfortunately, two restaurants made that list this week.

Jun Dynasty, at 2933 E. Grant Rd. received six critical violations. An employee was observed handling raw meat and then touching clean plates. The inspector noted seeing an excessive number of flies in the dish washing area. Raw chicken was being thawed on top of a bucket holding dirty water. Shelves and bins holding utensils in the kitchen had food debris and grease on them. With six critical violations, Jun Dynasty, was given a "Provisional" rating.

Karuna's Thai Plate, at 1917 E. Grant Rd., received eight critical violations. Shrimp was observed thawing on the dirty side of a three compartment sink, on top of dirty dishes. An employee wearing gloves cut raw chicken, washed a wok and then returned to preparing food. A freezer described as "accumulating dirt" had food items stored on top of it. Potentially hazardous foods, including bean sprouts and tofu, were not date marked. With eight critical violations, Karuna's Thai Plate, was given a "Provisional" rating.

Last week we told you about Chopstix Fine Asian Dining, at 8225 N. Courtney Page Way and Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, at 4625 E Grant, receiving "Provisional" ratings. The Pima County Health Department has confirmed that both establishments passed re-inspection.

Restaurants awarded excellent ratings include Sausage Deli, at 754 E. Grant Rd., Kazoku Sushi & Japanese Restaurant, at 4210 E. Speedway and Bisbee Breakfast Club, at 4131 W. Ina.

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