Gyro meat almost 70 degrees below the norm

LANSING – When county health inspectors visit local restaurants, they document problems that need to be addressed to meet standards set by Michigan food codes and law.

The most serious problems are considered priority violations, which pose potential health hazards and require immediate correction. Priority violations of the foundation rules do not pose immediate health hazards, but must be corrected in a timely manner. As a result, follow-up inspections and reports can take place.

In most cases, violations are corrected and this information is not an indication that violations are still an ongoing problem at any facility.

These are the most serious violations in Ingham County for restaurants in the first two weeks of May.

Three priority violations have been identified:

Steakhouse Philly Bar & Grill3020 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing

An inspector observed gyro meat being cut from a roasting roller and placed in a pan on the counter. The meat registered a temperature of 66 degrees Fahrenheit, well below the required 135 degrees Fahrenheit and storage in a steam table. The meat could also have been placed in the refrigerator to cool to 41 degrees Fahrenheit. The nacho cheese was not warm enough and the food in the salad refrigerator was up to 8 degrees above the requirement of 41 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. The inspector also noticed a pest-free strip under the pop machine and wanted to verify that the strip was approved for restaurant use.

Two priority violations have been identified:

The People’s Kitchen2722 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

For the first priority violation, the inspector said, “There are no records of parasite destruction of raw salmon in a ready-to-eat form.” The violation was corrected by providing data “that the salmon has been frozen and the parasites have been destroyed.” The high temperature dish machine was also not disinfectant. A temporary solution was decided and the restaurant was given 10 days to permanently correct the problem.

Two priority foundation violations found at:

Royal pot4750 Hagadorn Road, East Lansing

Inspectors said a cutting machine was “visibly soiled” during the inspection and no hand sink was available for proper hand washing as it was used for rinsing bowls. Both violations were found to have been corrected during the inspection.

One priority violation was found on:

McDonald’s614 W. Kipp Road, Mason

An inspector noticed disinfectant in a bucket that needed to be diluted.

Subway1630 Haslett Road, Haslett

Food that required time and temperature control was not cold enough in the walk-in cooler, registering 44 degrees Fahrenheit instead of 41 degrees Fahrenheit. The restaurant was given 10 days to correct this.

One foundation priority violation was found at:

Aldaco’s Taco Bar6724 S. Cedar St., Lansing

An inspector found problems with the cooling methods for cooked ground beef, where it was seen “cooling on a rack at room temperature” and registered a temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit. The inspector recommended cooling the beef to 135 degrees and then transferring it to a cooler “to ensure the food cools from 135 degrees F to 70 degrees F in 2 hours, and then to 41 degrees in another four hours F.” Corrected during inspection.

Bento kitchen cravings310 N. Clippert St., Lansing

An inspector found no soap in the soap dispenser near the kitchen sink so employees could wash their hands. Corrected during inspection.

Dan’s Coney Island5600 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing

Food that requires a time/temperature check for safety reasons was not date marked in the walk-in cooler. Corrected during inspection.

Woody’s Oasis1050 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing

Tomato sauce cooling on the counter was 78 degrees Fahrenheit. An inspector recommended that the sauce should be placed in a walk-in cooler or refrigerated. Corrected.

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