Valdosta Popeyes closes following unsatisfactory health inspection

Aug 21, 2020 at 9:59 AM EDT

VALDOSTA – Popeyes fast-food restaurant, located at 2119 Bemiss Rd, received a score of 53 points out of a possible 100 points during their August 19 inspection by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Immediately following this inspection, the restaurant elected to close until the violations were corrected.

The very next day, on August 20, the same inspector conducted a re-inspection of the facility, which resulted in a score of 100%. Customers are concerned, however, as many of the violations involved the handling of food. It was noted on this re-inspection that there was “no food prep or customer service during inspection”.

Live roaches were observed during both inspections, it is unclear why a perfect score was awarded.

Since Popeyes elected to close, they were never required to publicly display the 53% score in their restaurant, while open. The re-inspection, in which they scored 100%, now becomes the inspection required to be displayed.

Both inspections are attached to the end of this article.

The violations noted on August 19 by inspector Danielle Hurst were:

1-2A – pic present, demonstrates knowledge, performs duties
511-6-1.03(2)(a)-(l)(n)(o) – responsibility of pic (pf)
Inspector Notes: Person in charge not ensuring employees are properly cold holding time/temperature control for safety.

1-2A – pic present, demonstrates knowledge, performs duties
511-6-1.03(2)(a)-(l)(n)(o) – responsibility of pic (pf)
Inspector Notes: Person in charge is not ensuring the prevention of cross contamination of chemicals and foods.

1-2A – pic present, demonstrates knowledge, performs duties
511-6-1.03(2)(a)-(l)(n)(o) – responsibility of pic (pf)
Inspector Notes: Person in charge not ensuring employees are properly washing their hands to prevent cross contamination.

2-1B – hands clean and properly washed
511-6-1.03(5)(c) – when to wash (p)
Inspector Notes: Observed food service employee handle raw chicken and then proceed to another task without a hand wash step between. COS, food service employee washed hands.

2-2D – adequate handwashing facilities supplied & accessible
511-6-1.06(2)(o) – using a handwashing sink- operation & maintenance (pf)
Inspector Notes: Observed large trash container used to store a cleanser in front of a hand wash sink near 3 c sink. COS, TRASH CAN WAS MOVED.

4-1A – food separated and protected
511-6-1.04(4)(c)1(i)(ii)(iii)(v)(vi)(vii)(viii) – packaged & unpackaged food separation, packaging, and segregation (p, c)
Inspector Notes: Observed raw meat (chicken) stored over ready to eat foods in the walk in cooler. COS, raw meat was stored to prevent contamination.

4-2A – food stored covered
511-6-1.04(4)(c)1(iv) – packaged & unpackaged food, food stored covered(c)
Inspector Notes: Observed raw chicken stored uncovered in the walk-in cooler with foreign debris on it. Cos, chicken was covered and contaminated chicken was discarded.

4-2B – food-contact surfaces: cleaned & sanitized
511-6-1.05(7)(b) – food contact surfaces and utensils – cleaning frequency (p, c)
Inspector Notes: Observed mold buildup in soda nozzles at drive through window. COS, nozzles were removed, washed, rinsed, and sanitized.

6-1A – proper cold holding temperatures
511-6-1.04(6)(f) – time/temperature control for safety; cold holding (p)
Inspector Notes: Observed raw chicken on the prep top unit being held at temperatures greater than 41. COS, raw chicken was placed in walk in cooler to cool back down.

6-1A – proper cold holding temperatures
511-6-1.04(6)(f) – time/temperature control for safety; cold holding (p)
Inspector Notes: Observed cole slaw cold held at temperatures greater than 41 in the walk in cooler. COS, cole slaw was discarded.

8-2B – toxic substances properly identified, stored, used
8-2B – toxic substances properly identified, stored, used
Inspector Notes: Observed sanitizer bucket stored on a food prep surface. COS, sanitizer bucket was moved and stored to prevent contamination.

8-2B – toxic substances properly identified, stored, used
511-6-1.07(6)(c) – storage, separation (p)
Inspector Notes: Observed employee deep cleaning storage racks in the kitchen using the water hose and cleansers in a way that splashed on to bags of flour and over the chicken prep station. COS, employee ceased cleaning racks until facility had removed the food from cleaning area.

17C – physical facilities installed, maintained, and clean
511-6-1.07(2)(c) – floor and wall junctures, coved, & enclosed or sealed, water-flushed floors provided with drains & graded to drain (c)
Inspector Notes: Observed several tiles through out the kitchen and coolers that are missing.

18 – insects, rodents, and animals not present
511-6-1.07(5)(k) – controlling pests (pf, c)
Inspector Notes: Observed a large quantity of live roaches under the front service counter. CTM, facility needs to have a pest maintenance plan in place to prevent infestations of pest.