Every week, the county’s health inspectors within Maricopa County Environmental Services give restaurants grades after completing inspections. Participation in the rating system, however, is voluntary, which means owners or managers do not have to accept a grade after an inspection; instead, the restaurants are listed online as “not participating.” And in some cases, grades posted online may change, which typically means a restaurant has provided necessary documentation for food safety or fixed a critical issue that led to a low grade. Here’s a more detailed explanation.
Last month was rough for a dozen Valley restaurants that couldn’t get their acts together in the health and hygiene department. Several violations included employees neglecting to wash their hands, and a couple involved the dreaded cockroach infestation. The violators even included a few high-profile burger joints that even we were surprised to see on this monthly report-of-shame.
“Observed raw red meat on shelf in the reach-in by the service area and above salsa. Meat was moved to bottom shelf. Raw foods shall not be shelved over ready to eat foods in order to prevent cross contamination.”
Heroes (5940 West Union Hills Drive, Suite E-400, Glendale)
“Food debris build-up on shelving and on door handles to all reach-in coolers on food prep line. Dried food debris splashes on wall behind cold holding units, and behind 3 compartment sink. Material build-up on metal bar inside ice machine not in contact with ice. Food debris build-up inside metal attachment to hand chopper. Discussed proper disassembly and cleaning of equipment with manager. Heavy grease and food litter debris build-up on sides of fryers,…
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