SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 30, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Two near westside Salt Lake City eateries and one Murray catering business were closed by the County Health Department last week for violations that ranged from dust-covered food equipment to dead cockroaches.
Closed on Oct. 25 by the Salt Lake County Health Department were a downtown McDonald’s at 210 W. 500 South (five violations); Main Events Catering of Murray, 167 W. 4500 South (13 violations); and Sala Thai Kitchen, 679 S. 200 West (25 violations).
At McDonald’s, all violations were related to staying open during a dusty, dirty renovation. According to the report:
- This establishment is under construction and food cannot be prepared in a sanitary manner.
- Food equipment is coated in dust.
- The roof has large holes exposed to the elements.
- Flooring has been removed and dirt is exposed.
- Construction work has not been properly contained to protect food and food service items.
At Main Events Catering, violations were related to the business’s failure to apply for a license and meet home-business qualifications.
- This establishment is operating without a valid Food Establishment Permit from the Salt Lake County Health Department.
- Motorcycles are located in the kitchen area near food and equipment storage.
- Items that are unnecessary to the operation of the food establishment are stored on the premises (clothing, personal care items).
- Dog bowls and food are located in the kitchen.
- There are living quarters connected to the kitchen.
- There is no certified food safety manager employed at the establishment.
- Not all floor/wall junctures are covered and sealed.
- The toilet room doors are not self-closing.
- Food is being stored in non-food grade containers.
- Various ceiling surfaces are not smooth, durable, easily cleanable and non-absorbent.
- Various floor surfaces are not smooth, durable, easily cleanable and non-absorbent.
- Various wall surfaces are not smooth, durable, easily cleanable and non-absorbent.
- Wall surfaces behind the cook area (are) not durable.
The Sala Thai Kitchen had more than two dozen issues, most related to cleanliness and food safety.
- There is insufficient capacity in the facility to hold potentially hazardous foods at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below.
- Food is being thawed in the hand-washing sink.
- Dead cockroaches have not been removed from light fixtures.
- Exterior surfaces of cooking equipment are dirty (back and sides of the grill/fryer).
- The person in charge is not ensuring that persons unnecessary to the food establishment operation are not allowed in the food preparation, food storage, or ware-washing areas (children in the service area).
- Potentially hazardous food is thawing at room temperature.
- The 3-compartment sink faucet is leaking.
- A water heater is leaking into a can.
- Single-use items are being re-used.
- Walls are dirty in various areas.
- The floor is dirty beneath cooking equipment.
- The floor is dirty in various areas.
- Salads were prepared with bare hands.
- Potentially hazardous food is being cooled in covered containers.
- The person in charge is unable to demonstrate adequate knowledge of proper hot and cold holding temperatures for potentially hazardous foods.
- Food safety manager certification is expired.
- Bean sprouts are being held out of temperature control at 60-71 degrees on a counter.
- Cooked-chicken skewers are being held at 51 degrees in a reach-in cooler.
- Tofu is being held at 47 degrees in the make table.
- The reach-in is unable to hold potentially hazardous foods at or below 41 degrees.
- One make table is being held at 57 degrees. Another is at 47 degrees.
- An employee did not wash hands between clean and dirty tasks.
- An employee did not wash hands before putting on gloves.
- Noodles are stored on raw egg shells in the reach-in.
- Raw beef is stored in contact with limes.