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.

Circle K #1531, 985 Johnson Ridge Road, Elkin. Inspected Dec. 15, score 96.5. Violations: 1) PIC present, Demonstration – Certification by accredited program, and performs duties: Certified Food Protection Manager 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 food protection manager by taking and passing an ansi accredited program (servsafe for example). This person must be present during the operations including during the inspection.

2) Toilet facilities: properly constructed, supplied and cleaned: Cleaning of Plumbing Fixtures – C- Clean the toilets in the men’s bathroom. Toilet Room Receptacle, Covered – C- Trashcans need lids in the ladies restroom stalls for disposal of feminine hygiene products.

3) Garbage and refuse properly disposed; facilities maintained: Covering Receptacles – C- At the time of inspection, the dumpster door was open.

4) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C- Clean floors in the back room. Store items 6” off of the floor to facilitate cleaning.

El Agavero Mexicano, 705 West Independence Blvd., Mount Airy. Inspected Dec. 16, score 98. Violations: 1) Proper reheating procedures for hot holding: Reheating for Hot Holding – P – The beans were holding in the steam table with a temperature of 123 degrees F. where they had been improperly reheated. Reheat previously cooked foods to 165 degrees F. for fifteen seconds before it is hot held. The beans were reheated to correct the violation.

2) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Repairing-Premises, Structures, Attachments, and Fixtures-Methods – C – Repair the ceiling in the dish area where the vinyl tile is bubbling. Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C – New wall tiles have been installed and no coving is in place to easily clean the floor at the base of the wall. The wall needs to be coved to the floor to make the surface easily cleanable.

Elkin High School lunch room, 334 Elk Spur St., Elkin. Inspected Dec. 12, score 98. Violations: 1) Handwashing sinks, supplied and accessible: Handwashing Sinks-Location and Placement – PF — Handwashing Sinks states the following: “A handwashing sink shall be located: (A) To allow convenient use by employees in food preparation, food dispensing, and warewashing areas; and (B) In, or immediately adjacent to, toilet rooms.” The closest handwash sink to the employee toilet room is not in or adjacent to the toilet room. Place a handwash sink in or adjacent to the toilet room as soon as possible to meet this regulation. The employees have demonstrated a very good hand hygiene policy that will suffice until then.

2) Garbage and refuse properly disposed; facilities maintained: Area, Enclosures and Receptacles, Good Repair – C — One of the trash cans was cracked and needed to be replaced. Maintaining Refuse Areas and Enclosures – C — There were several trash items in the cardboard recycling area. Keep trash out of the cardboard recycling area.

3) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C — Sand and paint any chipping areas on the walls and wall shelves in the dining room (senior dining, main dining, etc.).

Flat Rock Elementary School lunch room, 1725 E. Pine St., Mount Airy. Inspected Dec. 15, score 99. Violations: 1) Warewashing facilities: installed, maintained and used; test strips: Warewashing Machines, Manufacturers’ Operating Instructions – C — The dish machine does not dispense chlorine into the machine. However, employees are still using the machine for washing and rinsing,

2) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C — There is some chipping paint along the windows behind the dish machine. This area should be sanded and painted. There is an area of cracked grout along the wall/floor joint to the right of the dish machine that needs to be repaired. Watch the hood system—it has recently been painted, but there are some areas where it looks as it has begun to crack/flake again.

Food Lion #1352 Market meat market, 1534 N. Bridge St., Elkin. Inspected Dec. 12, score 97.5. Violations: 1) Food-contact surfaces: cleaned and sanitized: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – P – The cuber guard had meat build-up on the food contact surface after the equipment had been cleaned. A knife was found in clean storage with meat build-up at the base of the blade. Keep all food contact surfaces clean to sight and touch. The cuber guard and knife was relocated to the dish sink for cleaning.

2) Non-food-contact surfaces clean: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – C – Clean the meat trays and shelving in the market walk in cooler where cardboard build-up and debris is present.

3) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean : Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C – Clean the floor under the shelving in the walk in cooler and freezer.

Ingles #115 Deli, 2095 N. Bridge St., Elkin. Inspected Dec. 12, score 98.5. Violations: 1) Non-food-contact surfaces clean: Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils – C – Clean the shelving in the walk in cooler and lower shelving in the kitchen. Clean the drawer under the rotisserie. Clean the top inside of the microwaves.

2) Toilet facilities: properly constructed, supplied and cleaned: Cleaning of Plumbing Fixtures – C – Clean the bases of the toilets in the men’s and women’s restroom.

3) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C – Clean the floor in the walk in freezer. Clean the floor in the back of the dry food storage area.

Meadowview Middle School lunch room, 846 McKinney Rd., Mount Airy. Inspected Dec. 16, score 99. Violations: 1) Warewashing facilities: installed, maintained and used; test strips: Manual Warewashing Equipment, Wash Solution Temperature – PF – The wash water at the three compartment sink had a temperature of 104 degrees F. while an employee was washing dishes today. Keep the wash water prepared at a minimum of 110 degrees F. The wash water was remade to correct the violation.

1) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Repairing-Premises, Structures, Attachments, and Fixtures-Methods – C – Repair the wall and ceiling at the canwash that is water damaged. Repair the floor drain grate at the ice machine that is rusted. Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions – C – Clean the air vent in the employee restroom.

Pilot Mountain Elementary School lunch room, 202 Friends Str., Pilot Mountain. Inspected Dec. 15, score 98. Violations: 1) Proper date marking and disposition: Ready-To-Eat Potentially Hazardous Food (Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food), Disposition – P – (REPEAT) Cut cabbage was found in the walk in cooler with a prep date marking of 12/6/16 (day10). Date marked items must be sold, served or discarded within seven days of being prepared. The cut cabbage was voluntarily thrown away to correct the violation. Repeat points were not assessed because items on the previous inspection within this violation were corrected.

2) Physical facilities installed, maintained and clean: Floors, Walls and Ceilings-Cleanability – C – Repair the ceiling in the areas of the kitchen where pipes are exposed and the ceiling is not easily cleanable.

Pilot Mountain Middle School public school lunch, 543 Old Westfield Rd., Pilot Mountain. Inspected Dec. 16, score: 100. Violations: None.