A Marshall County health inspector reported eight critical violations at Mama's on Highway 431 in Guntersville during their inspection, as the restaurant scored a 62. Mama's owner, Chris Roach, claimed the health inspectors took off points for violations that he believed were bogus. One involved an alleged food temperature offense.
"The marinara scored 172, the meat sauce on the outside scored 172, and the man said the chicken scored 129. When we tested it, it showed 172. They're all the same. They're all on the same piece. So, when we questioned that, it was like a witch hunt and it just got worse from there," Roach said.
Roach filed an appeal of Mama's score with the Alabama Department of Public Health. The director of the department's environmental services said they reviewed the inspection and backed the Marshall County Health Department, and Mama's 62 will stand.
The health department reported grilled chicken was six degrees below the minimum temperature required to prevent bacterial growth in hot-holding foods. They also reported that raw ground beef, deli ham, and batter was held between eleven-to-fourteen degrees above the maximum cold-holding temperature. Mama's also lost points because of gravy and sauces past their expiration date, and for food contact surfaces that the inspectors said needed cleaned.
China Buffet in Boaz scored a 70. The health inspector reported hot-holding foods were not hot enough, and that fry baskets and skimmers had broken wires.
Garden of China in Boaz scored a 73. The health department took off points for loose wires on a fry basket and skimmers. The inspector also reported pre-prepped wonton noodles stored in a cooler were too warm.
The Western Sizzlin in Boaz scored an 80. The inspector reported that fish and chicken in cold storage were fifteen degrees above the maximum cold-holding temperature. They also reported discovering loose fryer basket wires, broken trays, and a broken ice bucket.
Club Rush in Huntsville scored an 82. The Madison County Health Department reported an employee was smoking in a food storage area, and that there was no hot water at a hand washing sink.
For the most recent health inspection scores, log on to the Alabama Department of Public Health Food Establishment Scores http://foodscores.state.al.us/(S(ljf4kg554b3zyd45pk5mpabx))/Default.aspx
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