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15 failed food safety inspections at Tri-Cities area businesses. Food truck is shut down

The Benton Franklin Health District gave 15 failing grades for food safety inspections of restaurants and other establishments selling food in the Tri-Cities area from Feb. 17-23.

The worst score of the week was 110 points for the more serious red violations at a Kennewick restaurant.

In addition, a food truck was shut down because it had no running water. Instead, five-gallon containers of water were being brought to the food truck.

The health district’s food safety team gave passing grades on 43 inspections, with 15 of those awarded perfect scores.

In the district’s routine inspections, businesses or organizations that receive at least 35 points for the more serious red violations are required to have additional inspections and must meet a tougher standard on those.

To pass followup inspections, they must have fewer than 25 red points and fewer than 10 repeat red points for previous issues.

Scores of 85 or more red points result in establishments remaining on probation until they pass two follow-up inspections, the first one within 72 hours.

Red violations are those most likely to cause food-borne illnesses, such as improper temperature control of food, lack of adequate handwashing or bare-hand contact with foods.

Blue violations are low risk factors related to the cleanliness and physical condition of an establishment.

No notice is given before the inspections.

Businesses may have separate inspections of business lines with different health safety risks, such as grocery sales and a deli that prepares food.

Inspection results are posted online so residents can look up the status and the details of any violations of individual restaurants or check other businesses.

Go to bit.ly/BFHDinspections. Click on the business name and then on the date of the inspection on the right half of the next page. Look for the “Violations” tab.

Failed inspections

“A” Street Station, 2800 E. A St., Pasco, Routine Feb. 22 (60 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control (too many red points), food worker cards not 100%, improper hand washing (employee instructed to handle food when they arrived before washing their hands), improper hot holding (<130°F).

1derful Food Park, 6494 W. Skagit Ave., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 22 (80 Red, 5 Blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control (no certified food protection manager on staff), improper cooling procedures, room temperature storage or improper use of time as a control, lacking a proper consumer advisory (for over easy egg with fried rice), lack of conformance with approved procedures, variance not obtained for specialized processing methods.

Ahava Coffee Co, 9425 Sandifur Parkway, Pasco, Routine Feb. 22 (40 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Improper shell egg handling practices, room temperature storage or improper use of time as a control, improper cold holding (>45°F).

Bangkok Restaurant, 8318 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 21 (110 Red, 3 Blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control, not properly disposing of potentially unsafe food (large ham with no date marked), improper cooling procedures, improper hot holding (<130°F), room temperature storage or improper use of time as a control, improper cold holding (>45°F), lack of conformance with approved procedures.

Breakplace, 5304 W. Canal Drive, Kennewick, Routine Feb. 20 (35 Red, 2 Blue)

Notes: Improper cooling procedures, lack of conformance with approved procedures.

Ding Tea, 5802 N. Road 68, Pasco, Routine Feb. 23 (35 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Food worker cards not 100%, improper cooling procedures, improper cold holding (42-45°F).

Eastside Market, 335 Wine Country Road, Prosser, Follow-up Feb. 20 (25 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Improper hot holding (<130°F).

El Antojito Mexicano Restaurant, 1915 W. Court St., Pasco, Routine Feb. 21 (40 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control, room temperature storage or improper use of time as a control, improper cold holding (>45°F).

El Tacorriendo (Mobile), Event, Routine Feb. 22 (55 Red, 2 Blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control (no certified food protection manager on staff), food worker cards not 100%, inadequate handwashing facilities (hot water heater for employee bathroom sink turned off), room temperature storage or improper use of time as a control, lack of conformance with approved procedures.

Hooked Seafood Boil & Bar, 8108 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 21 (75 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control (no certified food protection manager on staff), raw meat improperly stored, improper cooling procedures, improper hot holding (<130°F), improper cold holding (>45°F), lacking a proper consumer advisory (for raw oysters).

Lil Firehouse Coffee, 3708 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 20 (40 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control (no certified food protection manager on staff), food worker cards not 100%, inadequate handwashing facilities (no paper towels at employee restroom sink), not properly disposing of potentially unsafe food (bag of sliced ham was just over a month old), improper cold holding (>45°F).

Mariscos El Kora (Mobile), Event, Routine Feb. 23 (35 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Improper hand washing (no running water), lack of conformance with approved procedures. The food truck was shut down until it could correct the problem. It had not applied to the health district to reopen as of Feb. 28.

Maverik, 4306 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 20 (35 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Inadequate handwashing facilities (water not hot enough at employee and customer restroom sink), improper hot holding (<130°F).

Southern Belles Espresso, 412 Riverstone Drive, Richland, Routine Feb. 21 (60 Red, 10 Blue)

Notes: Food worker cards not 100%, inadequate handwashing facilities (no paper towels), improper cooling procedures, improper cold holding (>45°F), lack of conformance with approved procedures.

Taqueria Oaxaca 1, Event, Follow-up Feb. 23 (15 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control (no certified food protection manager on staff), lack of conformance with approved procedures.

Passed inspections

AMC Kennewick 12, 1331 N. Center Parkway, Kennewick, Routine Feb. 22 (15 Red, 0 Blue)

Ann’s Best Creole & Soul Food (Mobile), Event, Routine Feb. 23 (25 Red, 0 Blue)

Best Western Kennewick, 602 N. Young St., Kennewick, Follow-up Feb. 23 (5 Red, 0 Blue)

Between the Buns, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco, Follow-up Feb. 17 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Blackthorne Neighbourhood Pub, 201 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 22 (15 Red, 0 Blue)

Boba Lab, 4827 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 110, Kennewick, Routine Feb. 20 (5 Red, 0 Blue)

Botanas Locas El Solesito, 102 N. 10th Ave., Pasco, Routine Feb. 22 (5 Red, 0 Blue)

Carniceria Los Toreros, 210 Chardonnay Ave., Prosser, Follow-up Feb. 20 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Chug Soda, Food truck, Routine Feb. 22 (0 Red, 5 Blue)

Circle K, 1915 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland, Routine Feb. 22 (25 Red, 0 Blue)

Delta High School, 5801 Broadmoor Blvd., Pasco, Routine Feb. 23 (5 Red, 5 Blue)

Desert Heat, 707 W. Court St., Pasco, Routine Feb. 21 (0 Red, 5 Blue) (Commissary 0 Red, 0 Blue)

Edwin Markham Elementary School, 4031 Elm Road, Pasco, Routine Feb. 23 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Finley Middle School, 37208 S. Finley Road, Kennewick, Follow-up Feb. 23 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Ground Support Coffee, 6600 Burden Blvd., Pasco, Routine Feb. 17 (10 Red, 0 Blue)

Headstart/Marcus Whitman, 1704 Gray St., Richland, Routine Feb. 22 (0 Red, 3 Blue)

Kagen Coffee & Crepes, 270 Williams Blvd., Richland, Follow-up Feb. 22 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

KFC/A&W, 2210 W. Court St., Pasco, Routine Feb. 23 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Kofi Joint, Event, Routine Feb. 22 (10 Red, 0 Blue)

Lep-re-kon Harvest Foods (Restaurant), 471 Wine Country Road, Prosser, Follow-up Feb. 20 (0 Red, 5 Blue)

Los Pinos, 1504 W. Lewis St., Pasco, Routine Feb. 23 (25 Red, 0 Blue)

Marcus Whitman Elementary School, 1704 Gray St., Richland, Routine Feb. 22 (0 Red, 5 Blue)

Maverik, 5505 N. Road 68, Pasco, Routine Feb. 22 (30 Red, 0 Blue)

New Horizons High School, 2020 W. Argent Road, Pasco, Routine Feb. 23 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

The New Taste Nicaraguan Cuisine, 6481 W. Skagit Ave., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 22 (30 Red, 0 Blue)

Nouveau Day Spa, 8136 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 22 (5 Red, 0 Blue)

Paterson Elementary School, 51409 W. Prior Ave., Paterson, Routine Feb. 22 (15 Red, 0 Blue)

Paterson Store/Restaurant, 48905 Paterson Ave., Paterson, Routine Feb. 22 (15 Red, 0 Blue)

Prosser Thai Bistro, 614 Sixth St., Prosser, Routine Feb. 20 (5 Red, 0 Blue)

Ridgeview Elementary School, 7001 W. 13th Ave., Kennewick, Follow-up Feb. 23 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Shang Hai Restaurant, 3013 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 21 (30 Red, 8 Blue)

Shooters Sports Bar, 214711 E. Highway 397, Kennewick, Follow-up Feb. 22 (5 Red, 0 Blue)

Sister To Sister, 10 Merlot Drive, Prosser, Routine Feb. 20 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Sister to Sister on the Ave, 236 Port Ave., Prosser, Routine Feb. 20 (25 Red, 0 Blue)

Sky Market, 1935 W. Sylvester St., Pasco, Routine Feb. 22 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Some Bagels, 1317 George Washington Way, Richland, Routine Feb. 22 (10 Red, 5 Blue)

Starbuck’s, 5818 Road 68, Pasco, Routine Feb. 23 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Tri-Cities Food Bank, 321 Wellsian Way, Richland, Routine Feb. 22 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Tri-Tech Skills Center, 5929 W. Metaline Ave., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 23 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Vega’s Mexican Grill & Market (Restaurant), 190504 Highway 221, Paterson, Routine Feb. 22 (25 Red, 0 Blue)

Vista Mart, 2610 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, Routine Feb. 22 (5 Red, 0 Blue)

Wright’s Desert Gold (Store), 611 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, Routine Feb. 22 (0 Red, 0 Blue)