The Main Stream

Jan 2, 2013 9:06 PM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops end year keeping your food safe

Tucson- Pima County Health Inspectors on the job over the holidays wrapped up the year with a flurry of inspections.

Jason's A & W received two critical and one non-critical violation. the concrete floor under the grill area is unsealed and deteriorating allowing grease, soil and debris to accumulate. the Pima County food code requires a smooth easily cleanable surface. Food items in a refrigeration unit were also tested above the required maximum 41-degrees. Corrections made on site were considered acceptable by the inspector giving Jason's A & W, at 6261 E. Benson Highway, a "Good" rating.

Whole Foods, supermarket, meat and deli areas received a total of 6 critical violations. Stored utensils in the supermarket were found encrusted with food debris. Food in the deli tested above the maximum 41-degrees with roast beef, turkey and sliced cheese all at 60-degrees. Rear prep table cutting boards were observed deeply gouged and heavily stained. Because the evaluation involved three different inspections and all violations were corrected with the inspector on site, Whole Foods Market, at 7133 N. Oracle received a "Good" rating. Whole Foods management contacted News 4 and said that the store will be closing down early next week and that location is no longer serving prepared food. The closure is only temporary, as the store plans to undergo extensive remodeling before reopening.

Restaurants awarded excellent ratings include, Five Guys Burgers & Fries at 7077 N. Thornydale Rd., Brushfire BBQ at 7080 E. 22nd St. and Philly's Finest at 6210 E. Speedway.

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