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May 1, 2014 10:08 PM by Sean Mooney

Kitchen Cops: The Kitchen is the wrong place to stay in touch

TUCSON - These days it seems everyone is permanently attached to their mobile phones and as one local restaurant recently discovered, the kitchen is not the place to "stay in touch".

Cheesecake Factory, at 60 W. Wetmore, received seven critical violations. A food service employee was observed checking messages on his phone with his gloved hand. Without first washing his hands he then handled packages of food. A waitress was seen eating bread at her work station and then handled clean dishware. Employees are only allowed to eat in designated areas. Food stored in a make top cooling unit tested over the maximum 41 degrees, with blue cheese dressing at 51-degrees, mayonnaise at 47 degrees and cooked vegetables temped at 51 degrees. A bin of flour used for breading raw chicken was stored at 71-degrees. Dirt appeared to be at the bottom of a large lettuce spinner. Several pans and utensils, stored as clean, were encrusted with food.

With seven critical violations, Cheesecake Factory, at the Tucson Mall, was given a "Provisional" rating.

News 4 Tucson received a statement from Cheescake Factory management.

Regional Vice President, Joe Phillips says: "The Cheesecake Factory takes food safety and sanitation very seriously and is committed to providing a safe dining experience to all of our guests. Our guests can be assured that our food is safe and of the highest quality, and that we have taken immediate action to correct any deficiencies identified during the recent inspections. We worked closely with the health department and received an all clear following a re-inspection of the restaurant this morning."

News 4 Tucson confirmed with the Pima County Health Department that Cheesecake Factory did pass re-inspection.

Last week we told you about Black Top Grill, a mobile restaurant, receiving a "Provisional" rating. The Pima County Health Department has confirmed that Black Top Grill, passed re-inspection.

Restaurants awarded excellent ratings include, Amarsi Ristorante, at 12152 N. Rancho Vistoso, Arbuckle Coffee Roasters, at 5240 S. Bantam Rd. and Sauce, at 2990 N. Campbell Ave..

To see the complete inspection reports on eating establishments we feature go to kvoa.com and click on inspection reports.

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