The food safety manager at El Mirador Ranchero in Canton picked the wrong time for a visit home to Mexico.
It left the restaurant at 370 Marietta Street without anyone in charge to communicate food service health practices during a routine inspection.
“The person left in charge can cook but did not observe any organized procedures for taking care of food that was being prepared,” said the Cherokee County health inspector, who was informed of the previous manager’s departure.
There was a general lack of knowledge in the restaurant’s operation, and no one washed their hands while working in the kitchen, according to the inspection report.
The restaurant was given a failing score of 65/U.
During the inspection, the person in charge switched back and forth from preparing food to washing dishes without washing hands. Also, the manager used bare hands to touch prepared food, and only put on gloves when customers came in.
The staff showed no understanding of controlling food temperatures, the inspector said.
Some potentially hazardous cold items were discarded because the temperatures were above 41 degrees. A milk drink that contained raw eggs was at 61 degrees, and some raw beef was at 59 degrees. Some chili and cooked tomatoes weren’t hot enough to prevent bacteria.
In other violations, dirty dishes and utensils were stored with clean ones. The microwave was dirty. Some food wasn’t covered to prevent contamination.
El Mirador Ranchero will be re-inspected, and its previous scores were 82/B and 80/B. Restaurant management could not be reached for comment.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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