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11 restaurants, event center and more fail food safety checks in Tri-Cities area

Tri-City Herald - 6/14/2024

Jun. 14—The Benton Franklin Health District gave 11 failing grades in food safety inspections of restaurants and other establishments selling food in the Tri-Cities area June 1-7.

The worst score of the week was 110 of the more serious red points for an event center.

The health district's food safety team gave passing grades on 15 inspections, with nine 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

At Michele's, 2323 Henderson Loop, Richland, Routine June 6 (110 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: No certified food protection manager on staff, food worker cards not 100%, not properly disposing of potentially unsafe food (bag of deli ham was moldy and was discarded, and deli roast beef had no date marking), improper shellstock identification or parasite destruction procedures (oyster tags did not have dates of sale), improper cooling procedures, improper hot holding (45°F as circuit breaker issue caused cold-hold drawers to turn off), lacking a proper consumer advisory (menu did not have advisory for food that is served undercooked or raw), lack of conformance with approved procedures.

Carniceria La Catrina, 2115 E. Lewis St., Pasco, Routine June 4 (40 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Food worker cards not 100%, improper shellstock identification or parasite destruction procedures (no dates for when oysters sold), improper hot holding (45°F due to refrigeration mechanical issue — rice noodles discarded).

Family Garden Sushi & Chinese, 1340 Jadwin Ave., Richland, Routine June 6 (40 Red, 5 Blue)

Notes: Improper raw meat handling procedures (dishwasher for raw meat cutting boards and utensils inadequate), room temperature storage or improper use of time as a control.

Fat Olives, 255 Williams Blvd., Richland, Follow-up June 4 (10 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Improper cold holding (>45°F).

Lee's Tahitian Restaurant II, 2724 W. Lewis St., Pasco, Follow-up June 4 (40 Red, 5 Blue)

Notes: Improper raw meat handling procedures (sanitizing improvements needed for equipment used for meat and unwashed produce), improper cooling procedures.

Moose Lodge, 2617 W. Sylvester St., Pasco, Routine June 5 (40 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: Lack of active managerial control, bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods (worker prepared salad with bare hands — salad was discarded), not properly disposing of potentially unsafe food (date marking rules not followed on sliced deli hams).

Taqueria Tacatrina, 528 Ely St., Kennewick, Routine June 4 (60 Red, 0 Blue)

Notes: No certified food protection manager on staff, food worker cards not 100%, improper cooling procedures, improper hot holding (45°F).

Passed inspections

13 Bones Urban BBQ (Mobile), 706 Williams Blvd., Richland, Routine June 7 (5 Red, 0 Blue)

3 Pueblos Meat Market (Food service, meat, store), 1212 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco, Follow-up June 5 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Apollo Greek Restaurant, 620 Cullum Ave., Richland, Follow-up June 4 (10 Red, 0 Blue)

Casa Mia, 2541 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, Routine June 4 (10 Red, 10 Blue) (Caterer 0 Red, 0 Blue)

Country Mercantile (Restaurant), 232 Crestloch Road, Pasco, Routine June 6 (20 Red, 0 Blue)

Donitas Tacos Pasco, 316 N. 20th Ave., Pasco, Follow-up June 1 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Frida's Mexican Grill (Commissary use), 2115 E. Lewis St., Pasco, Routine June 4 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Lara's Tacos (Mobile), 620 N. 28th Ave., Pasco, Routine June 5 (25 Red, 0 Blue)

Mami's Spicy Ceviche (Demonstrator), 110 S. Fourth Ave., Pasco, Routine June 7 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Neiffer Triangle 4 Ranch (Demonstrator), Kennewick, Routine June 7 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Pacific Pasta & Grill, 603 Goethals Drive, Richland, Follow-up June 4 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Stone Soup, 703 The Parkway, Richland, Follow-up June 7 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

Two Bits & A Bite, 1424 Jadwin Ave., Richland, Follow-up June 5 (0 Red, 3 Blue)

Umapine Creamery, 50901 Umapine Road, Milton Freewater, Ore., Routine June 7 (0 Red, 0 Blue)

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