Roaches and flies a common theme this week
Roaches and flies a common theme this week

Inspectors found several restaurants with evidence of insects, specifically flies and roaches.

Dirty kitchen items prove troublesome for several restaurants this week
Dirty kitchen items prove troublesome for several restaurants this week

Employees' lack of food safety knowledge lowers score for one restaurant in Hamilton County.

Cook uses bare hands to check cooked chicken's temperature; evidence of rats found
Cook uses bare hands to check cooked chicken's temperature; evidence of rats found

Three restaurants in Dalton have some cleaning up to do.

Raw beef stored at incorrect temperatures knocks down one score
Raw beef stored at incorrect temperatures knocks down one score

Dirty surfaces and incorrectly stored food knocked down scores for several restaurants.

Dead cockroaches and moldy food equal a failing score
Dead cockroaches and moldy food equal a failing score

But two restaurants, both in Georgia, were given failing scores.

Lack of hand-washing, spilled garbage and flies hit one eatery
Lack of hand-washing, spilled garbage and flies hit one eatery

Safe food handling techniques continue to be an issue for several restaurants.

Time for a summer cleaning, safety training in some local spots
Time for a summer cleaning, safety training in some local spots

It was a light week for inspections with Hamilton County Health Department working on Riverbend.  The lowest score this week comes from Georgia.

One restaurant put on notice to clean up or be closed
One restaurant put on notice to clean up or be closed

This week, there are several perfect scores, but there is one failure to report. 

Bare hands used on ready-to-eat food
Bare hands used on ready-to-eat food

No failures to report this week, but there are some restaurants around the Tennessee Valley that could do some cleaning up.

Roaches on walls and lack of hand washing fail one Chattanooga restaurant
Roaches on walls and lack of hand washing fail one Chattanooga restaurant

Health department inspectors visited dozens of local eateries, checking for violations and areas of concern.

Salads now safe, but kitchens still need cleaning in some restaurants
Salads now safe, but kitchens still need cleaning in some restaurants

The week's common thread: cleaning and sanitation.

Inspectors address romaine lettuce E. Coli scare with restaurants during their rounds
Inspectors address romaine lettuce E. Coli scare with restaurants during their rounds

This week, the inspectors discussed the E coli scare with romaine lettuce with restaurants.

Good week for restaurants in the Tennessee Valley
Good week for restaurants in the Tennessee Valley

It's high scores for several Tennessee Valley restaurants with no failures to report.

Two popular restaurants fail inspection this week
Two popular restaurants fail inspection this week

Two local eateries failed this week, with the primary reason centering upon how raw foods were being thawed.

Lack of hand washing and unsafe meat thawing lead this week's violations
Lack of hand washing and unsafe meat thawing lead this week's violations

A few restaurants came close to failing this week, with familiar violations: staff not properly washing their hands, lack of food safety knowledge and unsafe thawing of frozen meat. 

Clean dishes stored on dirty dishes and dirty floors fail one local eatery
Clean dishes stored on dirty dishes and dirty floors fail one local eatery

One local restaurant earned a failing score for restaurant inspectors this week for a variety of infractions. Several others were cited for various food handling problems

Improper hand washing and bare-handed food contact lead to lower scores
Improper hand washing and bare-handed food contact lead to lower scores

It was another busy week for health department restaurant inspectors.

Lack of food safety knowledge common thread this week
Lack of food safety knowledge common thread this week

There were no failures to report in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Raw food at room temps, dirty floors and unwashed hands lead list of violations
Raw food at room temps, dirty floors and unwashed hands lead list of violations

Inspectors gave 16 perfect scores of 100 in Hamilton County and 8 perfect scores in Georgia.

Spoiled food, no paper towels cause problems for buffet
Spoiled food, no paper towels cause problems for buffet

This week, most restaurants came in with strong scores, but one spot had to do some cleaning up before the weekend. 

Barehands used on ready-to-eat food, dirty kitchens and raw eggs stored over produce found
Barehands used on ready-to-eat food, dirty kitchens and raw eggs stored over produce found

Nearly two dozen establishments earned perfect scores this week by health department inspectors.

Insects, incorrect food storage temps, and food stored on floor
Insects, incorrect food storage temps, and food stored on floor

All is not perfect in the dining world; a few places will need to refocus food safety efforts on training and cleanliness.

'Clean' utensils stored in pan with food debris and a hammer
'Clean' utensils stored in pan with food debris and a hammer

Safe food handling techniques and procedures continue to plague a few establishments.

Raw foods not properly stored, improperly covered food lead this week's violations
Raw foods not properly stored, improperly covered food lead this week's violations

But with all of the great scores earned this week, a few not-so-great scores were reported by inspectors.

Workers not changing gloves, wiping face while preparing food
Workers not changing gloves, wiping face while preparing food

Thirteen eateries earned a perfect score of 100.

Local spot cleans up after mildew, sink issues
Local spot cleans up after mildew, sink issues

Ice ice baby: ice machine causes local spot to clean up after inspector's visit. 

Roach found in cooler, food left out and uncovered hands
Roach found in cooler, food left out and uncovered hands

Even with a staggering 25 restaurants in the Tennessee Valley earning perfect scores, a small number of others have issues.

It's a good week to dine out in the Tennessee Valley
It's a good week to dine out in the Tennessee Valley

This week Hamilton County Health Department inspectors visited early twenty restaurants, with three of them earning perfect scores of 100.

Restaurant inspectors award six perfect scores to finish out 2017
Restaurant inspectors award six perfect scores to finish out 2017

Before they ring in 2018, restaurant inspectors are capping off the year with scores for more than 20 Tennessee Valley eateries. 

Update: Raw meats stored over ready-to-eat food, re-used gloves knock several restaurants' scores down
Update: Raw meats stored over ready-to-eat food, re-used gloves knock several restaurants' scores down

With 10 restaurants earning perfect scores in the Tennessee Valley this week, several other eateries will need to focus on their food safety practices.

A good week to dine out!
A good week to dine out!

Overall, it was a great week for diners and the restaurants they may visit in the Tennessee Valley.

Raw meats stored over cooked foods, bare hands preparing food fail two restaurants
Raw meats stored over cooked foods, bare hands preparing food fail two restaurants

It has been a busy week for restaurant inspectors around the Tennessee Valley. 

Back to work for restaurant inspectors after holiday
Back to work for restaurant inspectors after holiday

After the Thanksgiving holiday, inspectors ramped up their work and visited over 20 restaurants in Hamilton County.

Insects and food storage problems continue to plague some restaurants
Insects and food storage problems continue to plague some restaurants

Proper food handling and storage techniques continue to be areas that need improvement for a few local restaurants.

Fruit flies in kitchen and dirty areas among chief concerns during inspections
Fruit flies in kitchen and dirty areas among chief concerns during inspections

This week, six Hamilton County restaurants earned perfect scores of 100 on their health inspections. But three others had some food safety issues.

Cockroaches and barehanded food contact drop one restaurant's score
Cockroaches and barehanded food contact drop one restaurant's score

Seven restaurants earned a perfect score this week, but one Chinese buffet will have to focus on several areas.

Family food restaurant not much fun with a failing score
Family food restaurant not much fun with a failing score

Basic sanitation and food safety continue to plague some restaurants and their food safety practices.

Dirty prep areas, hand towels fail Chinese restaurant
Dirty prep areas, hand towels fail Chinese restaurant

One failure to report this week in Hamilton County. 

Bare hands and hand washing knock two restaurants down this week
Bare hands and hand washing knock two restaurants down this week

Clean hands, use of gloves and other sanitation issues were at the top of the lists this week for restaurant inspectors.

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