Health Department Inspections


Health Department Inspections is a regular listing of inspections conducted in Surry County establishments by North Carolina health officials. The listing includes restaurants, schools, day care facilities, adult care and other facilities. The listings give the health inspector score, if applicable, along with the text of their findings in their words.

Sagebrush Steakhouse #535, 2000 Woodland Drive, Mount Airy. Inspected Aug. 31, score 96. Violations: 1) Proper date marking and disposition: Ready-To-Eat Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food), Date Marking – PF – A container of milk and sliced turkey was found under refrigeration without a date mark after it had been prepared/opened over 24 hours ago. The milk was date marked to correct the violation. The sliced turkey was voluntarily thrown away to correct the violation. A container of ribs was labeled with a prep date of tomorrow. It was determined that the ribs were cooked and prepared yesterday and the date was adjusted. Date marking must be accurate to be effective at controlling the growth of listeria.

2) Utensils, equipment and linens: properly stored, dried and handled: Equipment, Utensils, Linens and Single-Service and Single-Use Articles-Storing – C – Clean the ice scoop container on the ice machine. Several cups were found in food products today. Only a utensil with a handle sticking out of the food product can be stored in a food container. Clean the inside of the toothpick container. Equipment and Utensils, Air-Drying Required – C – metal containers were found wet nested today. Allow all containers to air dry before stacking them. Repeat points were not assessed today because the number of containers wet nested was greatly reduced from the prevous inspection.

3) Equipment, food and non-food-contact surfaces approved; cleanable, properly designed, constructed and used: Good Repair and Proper Adjustment-Equipment – C – Repair the mug chiller that is no longer working and is rusted on the inside of the unit. Repair the keg coolers and the salad prep unit that has water building up in the inside of the unit. Replace the gasket that is damaged on the walk in cooler. Repair or replace the prep table next to the grill line that is rusting on the lower shelf.

4) Non-food-contact surfaces clean: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – C – Clean between the two grill cabinets. Clean the inside of the fryer cabinets. Clean the inside of the salad prep unit. Clean the shelving in the walk in cooler.

5) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Repairing-Premises, Structures, Attachments, and Fixtures-Methods – C – Repair the floor in the walk in freezer where tiles are missing. Repair the door on the walk in freezer where it is rusting around the door handle. Repair the damaged tiles at the canwash.

Snappy Lunch, 125 N. Main St., Mount Airy. Inspected Sept. 11, score 96. Violations: 1) Proper cooling time and temperatures: Cooling – P – (REPEAT) Gravy was found cooling a the two hour mark with a temperature of 105 degrees F. The product was reheated to 165 and cooled to 64 degrees F. in under an hour once it was properly cooled. Potentially hazardous foods must cool from 135 degrees F. to 70 degrees F. in two hours. The food product must then cool from 70 to 45 degrees F. in an additional four hours.

2) Proper cold holding temperatures: Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food), Hot and Cold Holding – P – The prep unit across from the ovens contained several potentially hazardous foods with a temperature above 45 degrees F. I will return in 10 days to ensure that the prep unit is mainaining temperatures at or below 45 degrees F. Food products were relocated to the bottom f the unit to correct the violation. Batter was found on ice with a temperature of 53 degrees F. Keep the product on adequate ice to keep the temperature at or below 45 degrees F. The batter was iced down to correct the violation.

3) Proper cooling methods used; adequate equipment for temperature control: Cooling Methods – PF – A deep, sealed container of gravy was found in ice on the counter next to the dish sink. Leave this product uncovered or vented and stir it often to ensure that the food product cools rapidly. The food product was reheated and cooled properly to correct the violation.

4) Thermometers provided and accurate: Good Repair and Calibration – PF – The thermometer in the prep unit was reading 10 degrees F. while all food in the prep unit was 43 degrees F. and above. Replace the air thermometer with a thermometer that is accurate to +/- three degrees F. I will return in 10 days to ensure that the air thermometer in the prep unit has been replaced.

Sopper’s Restaurant, 105 W. Main St., Pilot Mountain. Inspected Sept. 2, score 96.5. Violations: 1) PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties: Certified Food Protection Manager – C- At least one employee who has supervisory and management responsibility and the authority to direct and control food preparation and service shall be a certified protection manager by taking and passing an ANSI accredited program (Servsafe for example). This person must be present during operating hours including the inspection.

2) Insects and rodents not present; no unauthorized animals: Insect Control Devices, Design and Installation – C- Do not store fly swatter on the food prep table. Store away from food, equipment, linens and single-service items. Cdi. Table was cleaned and sanitized.

3) Non-food-contact surfaces clean: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – C- Clean inside the reach-in freezer. Clean shelving in the walk-in cooler. Clean tops, sides and shelving of the grill table. Clean the sprayer nozzle at the dish machine.

Spring St. ARC Group Home, residential care facility, 910 Sprint St., Mount Airy. Inspected Sept. 10. Violation: 2 Beds: linen: furniture Replace towels that are damaged. Repair the cabinets above the sinks that are damaged in the restrooms. Clean the blinds in the back left bedroom.

Vintage Rose Wedding Estate bed and breakfast, 203 W. Main St., Pilot Mountain. Inspected Sept. 2, score 100. Violations: None, a perfect score.

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