Restaurant Scorecard: Grocery Store Edition - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Bill Lunn

Restaurant Scorecard: Grocery Store Edition

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It's what every grocery store in the Mid-South hopes to be - the Kroger on Highway 70 in Bartlett scored a rare 100 during a recent health inspection.  It's a comforting thought as shoppers get ready to stock up one week before Thanksgiving.

The lowest score we found was also a Kroger store - the one on Byhalia Road in Collierville.

When we spoke to Ruby Brown, she had just finished some of her Thanksgiving shopping there.

"I wanna know that the meats ok, at the right temperature, and that the produce is fresh," she said. "That's what's important."

That is important.  The Kroger on Byhalia scored a 71 during a recent health inspection - two points above failing.  According to their report, inspectors found food not in sound condition, food not properly protected, and food contact surfaces dirty.

The manager at the store had no comment.

None of the grocery stores inspected have failed within the past six months, but there were several stores with scores in the 70's.  Many of those stores were along Germantown Parkway.

The SuperTarget there had a score of 76.  One deduction on their report was for a pest problem!

The Schnucks at 1150 North Germantown Parkway scored a 72.  Inspectors said food was not properly protected, and utensils were not properly sanitized.

The Costco at Germantown Pkwy and I-40 scored a 76.  Food was found at unsafe temperatures and utensils were found to be not properly sanitized.

The Piggly Wiggly Superstore on American Way scored a 75.  Inspectors cited dirty food contact surfaces and a pest problem here as well.

Fresh Market Germantown - a high end grocery - scored a 77.  Inspectors noted a problem with employee handwashing and food not properly protected.

The Wal-Mart at 7525 Winchester got a 74.  Part of the problem there: food at unsafe temperatures.

There were also plenty of good scores out there.

The Aldi at 2877 Lamar cleans up with a 99.

Sam's Club on Getwell near 240 scored a perfect 100.

The Schnuck's on Shelby Drive in Whitehaven scored a 92, and the Costco at Hacks Cross and Winchester has scored a 90.

If we didn't mention your favorite grocery store. you can still get the score:


Criteria used in judging grocery stores:

1

Food

Source: sound condition

2

Food

Original container, properly labeled

3

Food Protection

Potentially hazardous food meets temperature requirements during storage, preparation, display, transportation

4

Food Protection

Facilities to maintain product temperature

5

Food Protection

Thermometers provided and conspicuous, accurate

6

Food Protection

Potentially hazardous food properly thawed

7

Food Protection

Cross-contamination prevented: damaged/detained food segregated

8

Food Protection

Food protection during storage, preparation, display, dispensing, packaging, transportation

9

Food Protection

Handling of food (ice) minimized

10

Food Protection

In use, food dispensing utensils properly stored

11

Personnel

Personnel with infections restricted

12

Personnel

Hands washed and clean, good hygienic practices

13

Personnel

Clean clothes, hair restraints

14

Food Equipment & Utensils

Food contact surfaces: designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located

15

Food Equipment & Utensils

Non-food contact surfaces: designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located

16

Food Equipment & Utensils

Warewashing facilities: designed, constructed, maintained, installed, located, operated

17

Food Equipment & Utensils

Accurate thermometers, and chemical test kits provided

18

Food Equipment & Utensils

Pre-flushed, scraped, soaked

19

Food Equipment & Utensils

Wash, rinse water: clean, proper temperature

20

Food Equipment & Utensils

Sanitization rinse: clean, temperature, concentration, time. Equipment, utensils sanitized

21

Food Equipment & Utensils

Wiping cloths: clean, use restricted, stored

22

Food Equipment & Utensils

Food-contact surfaces of equipment and utensils clean, free of abrasives, detergents

23

Food Equipment & Utensils

Non-food contact surfaces of equipment and utensils clean

24

Food Equipment & Utensils

Clean equipment/utensils: storage, handling

25

Food Equipment & Utensils

Single-service articles, storage, handling

26

Food Equipment & Utensils

No re-use of single service articles

27

Water

Source: sufficient supply; hot & cold; under pressure

28

Sewage

Sewage and waste water disposal

29

Plumbing

Installed, maintained

30

Plumbing

Cross-connection, back siphonage, backflow

31

Toilet & Handwashing Facilities

Number, convenient, accessible, designed, installed

32

Toilet & Handwashing Facilities

Toilet rooms: enclosed, self-closing doors. Fixtures: good repair, clean. Tissue, hand cleanser, sanitary towels/hand-drying devices and proper waste receptacles provided

33

Garbage & Refuse Disposal

Containers or receptacles: covered, adequate number, insect/rodent resistant, pick-up frequency, clean

34

Garbage & Refuse Disposal

Outside storage area and enclosures: properly constructed, clean; controlled incineration

35

Insect, Rodent, Animal Control

Presence of insects/rodents - outer openings protected, no animals

36

Floors, Walls & Ceilings

Floors: constructed, drained, clean, good repair, covering installation, dustless methods

37

Floors, Walls & Ceilings

Walls, ceilings: attached equipment, constructed, clean, good repair, surfaces, installation, dustless methods

38

Lighting

Lighting provided as required. Fixtures shielded

39

Ventilation

Rooms and equipment - vented as required

40

Dressing Rooms

Rooms, area, lockers: provided, located, used

41

Other Operations

Toxic items: necessary; properly stored, labeled, used

42

Other Operations

Premises maintained free of litter, unnecessary articles, cleaning, maintenance equipment properly stored

43

Other Operations

Complete separation from living/sleeping quarters, laundry

44

Other Operations

Clean, soiled linen properly


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