Restaurant Report Card: Keeping customers from getting sick

East-side sports pub fixes violations

Restaurant Report Card: Keeping customers from getting sick
Inspectors handed Home Plate a risk factor violation when some food was not maintained at the correct temperature. (Source: Pima County Health Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - While the Pima County Health Department looks at good retail practices and risk factor violations to determine a restaurant’s grade, more weight is placed on those risk factors linked to foodborne illness.

Risk factors are food preparation practices and employee behaviors most commonly reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, like harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, or chemicals.

The CDC estimates 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness every year, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die.

One risk factor is not storing food cold enough - a common violation.

That had the health department handing the Home Plate Sports Pub, 4880 E. 22nd Street, a report that it needed improvement.

While a lot of food was being kept at just the right temperature, some toppings weren’t when the inspector stopped by on Oct. 14.

Except during preparation, cooking, or cooling, food needs to be maintained at 5ºC / 41ºF or less.

According to the health department’s report, the inspector also saw two live roaches crawling on the kitchen floor and fly strips with dead flies on them, hanging above a prep table and meat slicer.

The restaurant was scheduled for a follow-up on Oct. 24. The restaurant had fixed the violations and passed the re-inspection, according to a report provided by the Pima County Health Department Friday.

As for the restaurants doing it right, here are a few spots around Tucson that earned an “excellent” rating in October:

  • Outback Steakhouse: 4871 E. Grant Road
  • Pizza Hut: 1502 W. Saint Mary’s
  • Culver’s: 4810 N. First Avenue

To check reports for restaurants, school campuses, campgrounds and lodging in Pima County, click HERE.

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