Tondee’s Tavern receives a 57% on their recent health inspection

Tondee’s Tavern, located at 7 E Bay St in Savannah, received a score of 57 points out of a possible 100 points during their 08/22/2022 inspection by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The violations noted by the inspector were:

Violation #1
1-2A – pic present, demonstrates knowledge, performs duties
Points: 4
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: PIC does not have admin control over facility which can be observed from multiple risk violations. RCA: 511-6-1.03(2)(a)-(l)(n)(o) – Responsibility of PIC (Pf) (a) Food service establishment operations are not conducted in a private home or in a room used as living or sleeping quarters; Pf (b) Authorized Personnel Access. Persons unnecessary to the food service establishment operation are not allowed in the food preparation, food storage, or warewashing areas, except that brief visits and tours may be authorized by the person in charge if steps are taken to ensure that exposed food; clean equipment, utensils, and linens; and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles are protected from contamination; Pf (c) Authorized Persons Compliance. Employees and other persons such as delivery and maintenance persons and pesticide applicators entering the food preparation, food storage, and warewashing areas comply with this Chapter; Pf (d) Employee Handwashing. Employees are effectively cleaning their hands, by routinely monitoring the employees’ handwashing; Pf (e) Monitoring of Receiving. Employees are visibly observing and verifying delivered foods as they are received to determine that they are from approved sources and are placed into appropriate storage locations, as required by this Chapter, such that they are received and maintained at the required temperatures, protected from contamination, unadulterated, and accurately presented, by routinely monitoring the employees’ observations, maintaining receiving/corrective action records for deliveries during non-operating hours, and periodically evaluating foods upon their receipt as specified within DPH Rule 511-6-1-.04(3)(m);Pf (f) Proper Cooking Techniques. Employees are properly cooking cold/hot holding, and reheating for hot holding time/temperature control for safety food, being particularly careful in cooking, reheating, and holding those foods known to cause severe foodborne illness and death, such as eggs and comminuted meats, through daily oversight of the employees’ routine monitoring of the cooking, holding, and reheating for hot holding temperatures using appropriate temperature measuring devices properly scaled and calibrated. Pf (g) Proper Cooling Methods. Employees are using proper methods to rapidly cool time/temperature control for safety food, that are not held hot or are not for consumption within four hours, through daily oversight of the employees’ routine monitoring of food temperatures during cooling; Pf (h) Consumer Food Safety. Consumers who order raw or partially cooked ready-to-eat foods of animal origin are informed that the food is not cooked sufficiently to ensure its safety; Pf (i) Proper Sanitizing. Employees are properly sanitizing cleaned multiuse equipment and utensils before they are reused, through routine monitoring of solution temperature and exposure time for hot water sanitizing, and chemical concentration, pH, temperature, and exposure time for chemical sanitizing; Pf (j) Clean Tableware. Consumers are notified that clean tableware is to be used when they return to self-service areas such as salad bars and buffets; Pf (k) Bare Hand Contact. Unless the conditions specified in DPH Rule 511-6-1-.04(4)(a)4 are met, employees are preventing cross-contamination of ready-to-eat food with bare hands by properly using suitable utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves, or dispensing equipment; Pf (l) Food Safety Training. Employees are properly trained in food safety, including food allergy awareness, as it relates to their assigned duties; Pf (n) Imminent Health Hazard. If an imminent health hazard exists because of an emergency such as a fire, flood, interruption of electrical or water service for two or more hours, sewage malfunction, misuse of poisonous or toxic materials, onset of an apparent foodborne illness outbreak, gross unsanitary occurrence or condition, or other circumstances that may endanger public health, then operations are immediately discontinued and the Health Authority is notified. P However, establishments may continue to operate under an emergency operation plan that has been approved by the Health Authority prior to the occurrence of such emergency events.Pf (o) Procedures and Plans. Written procedures and plans, where specified by this Chapter and as developed by the food service establishment, are maintained and implemented as required.Pf

Violation #2
2-2B – proper eating, tasting, drinking, or tobacco use
Points: 4
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed pizza rolls stored in reach in freezer in downstairs dry storage. RCA: Utilize cooler marked “for personal food items” 511-6-1.03(5)(j)1&2 – Eating, Drinking, or Using Tobacco (C) (j) Hygienic Practices. 1. Employees shall not use tobacco in any form, or electronic devices that simulate tobacco smoking, while engaged in food preparation or service, nor while in areas used for equipment or utensil washing and storage, food preparation or food storage. Employees shall only use tobacco products or electronic devices that simulate tobacco smoking in approved designated areas. 2. Employees shall consume food only in approved designated areas separate from food preparation and serving areas, equipment or utensil areas and food storage areas. However, drinking from a single service beverage cup with a secure lid and straw that is handled to prevent contamination of the employee’s hands, the container, exposed food, clean equipment, utensils and linens, unwrapped single-service and single-use articles will be allowed.

Violation #3
4-1A – food separated and protected
Points: 9
Corrected during inspection?: Yes
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed RTE “shredded cheese” stored below seafood in reach in cooler. CA COS: PIC moved shredded cheese above seafood in reach in cooler unit. RCA: 511-6-1.04(4)(c)1(i)(ii)(iii)(v)(vi)(vii)(viii) – Packaged & Unpackaged Food Separation, Packaging, and Segregation (P, C) (c) Packaged and Unpackaged Food – Separation, Packaging, and Segregation. 1. Food shall be protected from cross contamination by: (i) Except as specified in paragraph (i)(III) of this subsection, separating raw animal foods during storage, preparation, holding, and display from: (I) Raw ready-to-eat food including other raw animal food such as fish for sushi or molluscan shellfish, or other raw ready-to-eat food such as fruits and vegetables, P and (II) Cooked ready-to-eat food; and P (III) Frozen, commercially processed and packaged raw animal food may be stored or displayed with or above frozen, commercially processed and packaged, ready-to-eat food. (ii) Except when combined as ingredients, separating types of raw animal foods from each other such as beef, fish, lamb, pork, and poultry during storage, preparation, holding, and display by: (I) Using separate equipment for each type, P or (II) Arranging each type of food in equipment so that cross contamination of one type with another is prevented, P and (III) Preparing each type of food at different times or in separate areas; P (iii) Cleaning and sanitizing equipment and utensils; (v) Cleaning hermetically sealed containers of food of visible soil before opening; (vi) Protecting food containers that are received packaged together in a case or overwrap from cuts when the case or overwrap is opened; (vii) Storing damaged, spoiled, or recalled food being held in the food service establishment separate from food, equipment, utensils, linens and single-service and single-use articles; or (viii) Separating fruits and vegetables, before they are washed from ready-to-eat food.

Violation #4
4-2A – food stored covered
Points: 4
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed multiple items uncovered throughout facility. Food items include sheets of cheesecake and diced green peppers. RCA: 511-6-1.04(4)(c)1(iv) – Packaged & Unpackaged Food, food stored covered(C) (iv) Except as specified under paragraph 2. of this subsection and when cooling as specified in DPH Rule 511-6-1-.04(6)(e)2.(ii), storing the food in packages, covered containers, or wrappings, except for loosely covered or uncovered containers in which food is being cooled if protected from overhead contamination;

Violation #5
4-2B – food-contact surfaces: cleaned & sanitized
Points: 4
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed black mildew like build up on baffle of ice machine. RCA: 511-6-1.05(7)(a)1 – Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces,& Utensils (Pf) (7) Cleaning of Equipment and Utensils. (a) Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils. 1. Equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. Pf.

Violation #6
4-2B – food-contact surfaces: cleaned & sanitized
Points: 4
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed dishwasher not pulling sanitizer solution. RCA: 511-6-1.05(6)(n) – Manual and Mechanical Warewashing Equipment, Chemical Sanitization-Temperature, pH, Concentration, Hardness (P,Pf) (n) Manual and Mechanical Warewashing Equipment, Chemical Sanitization – Temperature, pH, Concentration, and Hardness. A chemical sanitizer used in a sanitizing solution for a manual or mechanical operation at contact times specified under subsection (8)(b)3 of this Rule shall meet the requirements specified in DPH Rule 511-6-1-.07(6)(g), shall be used in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered label use instructions P, and shall be used as follows: 1. A chlorine solution shall have a minimum temperature based on the concentration and pH of the solution as listed in the following chart; P Concentration Range Minimum Temperature MG/L PH 10 or less oF (oC) PH 8 or less oF (oC) 25-49 120 (49) 120 (49) 50-99 100 (38) 75 (24) 100 55 (13) 55 (13) 2. An iodine solution shall have a minimum temperature of 68°F (20°C)P minimum concentration between 12.5 ppm and 25 ppm, P and pH of 5.0 or less or a pH no higher than the level for which the manufacturer specifies for the solution to be effective; P 3. A quaternary ammonium compound solution shall have a minimum temperature of 75ºF (24ºC), P have a concentration as specified in DPH Rule 511-6-1-.07(6)(g) and as indicated by the manufacturer’s use directions included in the labeling, P and be used only in water with 500 ppm hardness or less or in water having a hardness no greater than specified by the EPA-registered label use instructions; P 4. If another solution of a chemical specified under paragraphs 1 through 3 of this subsection is used, the permit holder shall demonstrate to the Health Authority that the solution achieves sanitization and the use of the solution shall be approved; P 5. If a chemical sanitizer other than chlorine, iodine, or a quaternary ammonium compound is used, it shall be applied in accordance with the EPA-registered label use instructions ;P and 6. If a chemical sanitizer is generated by a device located on-site at the food service establishment, it shall be used as specified in 1-5 of this subsection and shall be produced by a device that: (i) complies with law as specified in sections 2(q)(1) and 12 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), P (ii) complies with 40 CFR 152.500 Requirement for Devices and 40 CFR 156.10 Labeling Requirements, P (iii) displays the EPA device manufacturing facility registration number on the device, Pf and (iv) is operated and maintained in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Pf. 7. On-site chemical sanitizer generating equipment with active ingredients, such as copper, must be registered as pesticides. The active ingredient may be part of the equipment or separately added.

Violation #7
4-2B – food-contact surfaces: cleaned & sanitized
Points: 4
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed food major food build up on countertops and surface of food prep line. Observed major carbon build up on surafce area of stove. Observed dirty dishes stored away as cleaned. RCA: 511-6-1.05(7)(b) – Food Contact Surfaces and Utensils – Cleaning Frequency (P, C) (b) Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces and Utensils. 1. Equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be cleaned: (i) Before each use with a different type of raw animal food such as beef, fish, lamb, pork, or poultry. It does not apply if the food-contact surface or utensil is in contact with a succession of different types of raw meat and raw poultry each requiring a higher cooking temperature as specified under DPH Rule 511-6-1.04(5)(a) than the previous type such as preparing raw pork followed by cutting raw poultry on the same cutting board; P (ii) Each time there is a change from working with raw foods to working with ready-to-eat foods; P (iii) Between uses with raw fruits and vegetables and with Time/Temperature Control for safety food; P (iv) Before using or storing a food temperature measuring device; P and (v) At any time during the operation when contamination may have occurred. P 2. Except as specified in paragraph 3 of this subsection, if used with time/temperature control for safety food, equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be cleaned at least every 4 hours throughout the day. P 3. Surfaces of utensils and equipment contacting time/temperature control for safety food may be cleaned less frequently than every 4 hours if: (i) In storage, containers of time/temperature control for safety food and their contents are maintained at temperatures specified under DPH Rule 511-6-1-.04 and the containers are cleaned when they are empty; (ii) Utensils and equipment are used to prepare food in a refrigerated room or area that is maintained at one of the temperatures in the following chart and: (I) The utensils and equipment are cleaned at the frequency in the following chart that corresponds to the temperature: Temperature Cleaning Frequency 41ºF (5.0ºC) or less 24 hours >41ºF – 45ºF (>5.0ºC – 7.2ºC) 20 hours >45ºF – 50ºF (>7.2ºC – 10.0ºC) 16 hours >50ºF – 55ºF (>10.0ºC – 12.8ºC) 10 hours and (II) The cleaning frequency based on the ambient temperature of the refrigerated room or area is documented in the food service establishment. (iii) Temperature measuring devices are maintained in contact with food, such as when left in a container of deli food or in a roast, held at temperatures specified under DPH Rule 511-6-1- .04; (iv) Equipment is used for storage of packaged or unpackaged food, such as a reach-in refrigerator, and the equipment is cleaned at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil residues; (v) The cleaning schedule is approved based on consideration of: (I) Characteristics of the equipment and its use, (II) The type of food involved, (III) The amount of food residue accumulation, and (IV) The temperature at which the food is maintained during the operation and the potential for the rapid and progressive multiplication of pathogenic or toxigenic microorganisms that are capable of causing foodborne disease; or (vi) In-use utensils are intermittently stored in a container of water in which the water is maintained at 135ºF (57ºC) or more and the utensils and container are cleaned at least every 24 hours or at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil residues. 4. Dining counters and table-tops shall be cleaned and sanitized routinely after removing all soiled tableware and food trays shall be cleaned and sanitized after each use by one of the following methods: (i) A two step method in which one cloth, rinsed in sanitizing solution is used to clean food debris from the surface and a second cloth in separate sanitizing solution is used to rinse; (ii) Sanitizing solution is sprayed onto the surface and the surface is then wiped clean with a disposable towel; (iii) If used for cleaning and sanitizing, single-use disposable sanitizer wipes shall be used in accordance with EPA-registered label use instructions; or (iv) Other methods approved by the Health Authority. (v) Food trays may be cleaned and sanitized the same as table ware. 5. Except when dry cleaning methods are used as specified under subsection (7)(e) of this Rule, surfaces of utensils and equipment contacting food that is not time/temperature control for safety food shall be cleaned: (i) At any time when contamination may have occurred; (ii) At least every 24 hours for iced tea dispensers including nozzles and consumer self-service utensils such as tongs, scoops, or ladles; (iii) Before restocking consumer self-service equipment and utensils such as condiment dispensers and display containers; and (iv) In equipment such as ice bins and beverage dispensing nozzles and enclosed components of equipment such as ice makers, cooking oil storage tanks and distribution lines, beverage and syrup dispensing lines or tubes, coffee bean grinders, and water vending equipment: (I) At a frequency specified by the manufacturer; or (II) Absent manufacturer specifications, at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil or mold.

Violation #8
4-2B – food-contact surfaces: cleaned & sanitized
Points: 4
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed cups being used as scoops in seasons/spices bins. RCA: 511-6-1.05(7)(a)1 – Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces,& Utensils (Pf) (7) Cleaning of Equipment and Utensils. (a) Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils. 1. Equipment food-contact surfaces and utensils shall be clean to sight and touch. Pf.

Violation #9
6-1A – proper cold holding temperatures
Points: 9
Corrected during inspection?: Yes
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed multiple TCS items in prep top and reach in above 41F. See temperature log below. RCA: PIC discarded items that were stored in unit for over 24 hours and moving the recently prepped items to a new unit. 511-6-1.04(6)(f) – Time/Temperature Control for Safety; Cold Holding (P) (f) Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food, Hot and Cold Holding. Except during preparation, cooking, or cooling, or when time is used as the public health control, time/temperature control for safety food shall be maintained at 41°F (5°C) or below or 135°F (57°C) or above, except that roasts cooked to a temperature and for a time specified in subsection (5)(a)2 of this Rule and reheated using the same temperature and time conditions as cooking may be held at a temperature of 130°F (54°C) or above. P

Violation #10
6-1B – proper hot holding temperatures
Points: 9
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed fire crack dip (contains mayo) and marinara, hot holding and held below 135F. RCA: 511-6-1.04(6)(f) – Time/Temperature Control for Safety; Hot Holding (P) (f) Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food, Hot and Cold Holding. Except during preparation, cooking, or cooling, or when time is used as the public health control, time/temperature control for safety food shall be maintained at 41°F (5°C) or below or 135°F (57°C) or above, except that roasts cooked to a temperature and for a time specified in subsection (5)(a)2 of this Rule and reheated using the same temperature and time conditions as cooking may be held at a temperature of 130°F (54°C) or above. P

Violation #11
6-2 – proper date marking and disposition
Points: 4
Corrected during inspection?: Yes
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed multiple styrofoam cups of green beans (8/12/22) and mach n cheese (8/11/2022) held past 7 days. CA COS: PIC discarded food items. RCA: 511-6-1.04(6)(h) – Ready-To-Eat Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food, Disposition (P) (h) Ready-to-Eat, Time/Temperature Control for Safety Food, Disposition. 1. A food that requires datemarking shall be discarded if it: (i) Exceeds 7 days, not including the time that the product is frozen; P (ii) Is in a container or package that does not bear a date or day; P or (iii) Is appropriately marked with a date or day that exceeds 7 days . P 2. Refrigerated, ready-to-eat, time / temperature control for safety food prepared in a food service establishment and dispensed through a vending machine with an automatic shutoff control shall be discarded if it exceeds 7 days. P

Violation #12
12A – contamination prevented during food preparation, storage, display
Points: 3
Corrected during inspection?: Yes
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed 4 containers of cooking oils on floor of dry storage basement. Observed multiple canned/bottled drinks on floor in bar storage area. CA COS: PIC moved items to shelving units in storage area. RCA: 511-6-1.04(4)(q) – Food Storage (C) (q) Food Storage. 1. Except as specified in paragraphs 2 and 3 of this subsection, food shall be protected from contamination by storing the food: (i) In a clean, dry location; (ii) Where it is not exposed to splash, dust, or other contamination; and (iii) At least 6 inches (15 cm) above the floor. 2. Food in packages and working containers may be stored less than 6 inches (15 cm) above the floor on case lot handling equipment if the equipment can be moved by hand or by conveniently available apparatuses such as hand trucks and forklifts. 3. Pressurized beverage containers, cased food in waterproof containers such as bottles or cans, and milk containers in plastic crates may be stored on a floor that is clean and not exposed to floor moisture.

Violation #13
14C – single-use/single-service articles: properly stored, used
Points: 1
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed single use plates and plastic bags on floor of dry storage basement. RCA: 11-6-1.05(10)(e)1&3 – Single-Service/Single-Use items stored 6″ off floor in clean, dry location (C) (e) Equipment, Utensils, Linens, and Single-Service and Single-Use Articles. 1. Except as specified in paragraph 4 of this subsection, cleaned equipment and utensils, laundered linens, and single-service and single-use articles shall be stored: (i) In a clean, dry location; (ii) Where they are not exposed to splash, dust, or other contamination; and (iii) At least 6 inches (15 centimeters) above the floor. 3. Single-service and single-use articles shall be stored as specified under paragraph 1 of this subsection and shall be kept in the original protective package or stored by using other means that afford protection from contamination until used.

Violation #14
15C – nonfood-contact surfaces clean
Points: 1
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed major food debris build up on walls and appliances (reach-in coolers, mircowaves, and ovens). Observed major grease build up on outer surface of deep fryer and behind wall. Observed food build up on floors of walk in cooler. RCA: 511-6-1.05(7)(d) – Nonfood-Contact Surfaces (C) (d) Nonfood-Contact Surfaces. Nonfood-contact surfaces of equipment shall be cleaned at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil residues.

Violation #15
17C – physical facilities installed, maintained, and clean
Points: 1
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed food build up on floors and walls of facilty. Observed major build up on floors of walk in cooler. RCA: 511-6-1.07(5)(a),(b) – Good Repair, physical facilities maintained; Cleaning, Frequency & Restrictions, cleaned often enough to keep them clean (C) (5) Maintenance and Operation. (a) Good Repair. All physical facilities shall be maintained in good repair. (b) Cleaning, Frequency and Restrictions. 1. The physical facilities shall be cleaned as often as necessary to keep them clean and by methods that prevent contamination of food products. 2. Except for cleaning that is necessary due to a spill or other accident, cleaning shall be done during periods when the least amount of food is exposed, such as after closing. 3. If present, playground equipment and associated areas shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. In addition, a cleaning and sanitizing plan along with cleaning and sanitizing records for playground equipment and associated areas shall be maintained within the food service establishment for review upon request by the Health Authority. Further, such cleaning and sanitizing plan for employees to follow in the event of encountering vomitus or fecal matter shall be included and submitted at the time of permit application as specified in DPH Rule 511-6-1-.02(1)(c). Pf

Violation #16
18 – insects, rodents, and animals not present
Points: 3
Corrected during inspection?: No
Repeat: No
Inspector Notes: Observed a fruit fly trap in main kitchen, near mop sink area. RCA: 511-6-1.07(5)(k) – Controlling Pests (Pf, C) (k) Controlling Pests. The presence of insects, rodents, and other pests shall be controlled to minimize their presence on the premises by: 1. Routinely inspecting incoming shipments of food and supplies; 2. Routinely inspecting the premises for evidence of pests; 3. Using methods, if pests are found, such as trapping devices or other means of pest control as specified under subsections (6)(e), (6)(m), and (6)(n) of this Rule; Pf and 4. Eliminating harborage conditions.

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