The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Newton County Health Department. Restaurants that score from 90 to 100 get a letter grade A; those that rate 80-89 get a B; a tally of 70-79 is a C; and below 70 is a U, or unacceptable. A restaurant scoring 70 or above is allowed to operate if there are no critical violations. If a facility is rated U on consecutive inspections, it must close and the owner must prove that it can be operated safely before reopening is allowed.
· McDonalds 79-C, 10701 Covington Bypass, Covington. Date: Oct. 6
Violations: No sanitizer in three-compartment sink. Tea spout dirty. Eggs sitting out and out of temperature. Wet washing cloths sitting out. No employee hand washing sign in men's bathroom. Stacking utensils wet for storage. Employee cooking then scraping grill top then touching uncooked sausage. Freezer door not sealing properly. Dirty splash-up area above automatic ice dispenser. Clean dirty splash-up area above ketchup on prep cart. Walk-in freezer floor dirty. No paper towels in men's and women's bathrooms that have pull-handles on doors. Need paper towel holders. Dumpster leaking and has no top.
· Sonic, 74-U, 8225 U.S. Highway 278, Covington. Date: Oct. 7
Violations: Manager handled sliced cheese without gloves. Broken lid for slush container. Sanitizer bucket next to food items. Wet wiping cloths out. Most recent inspection report not posted. Scoop with handle in Smoothie mix. Utensils stored wet above three-compartment sink. Lid on ice machine cracked. Seal torn lid. Spray wand below rim of sink. Warming drawer gaskets broken. Air vent over prep area is dirty. Cove molding broken/cracked behind milk shake machine.
· Mongolian Grill, 57-U, 3265 Salem Road, Covington. Date: Oct. 8
Violations: Did not observe employees wash hands at any point during inspection. Eggs stored above lettuce. Eggs stored next to carrots. No sign for clean dishes to return to buffet. Can opener dirty. No sanitizer solution in three-compartment sink or sanitizer buckets. Food not held at proper temperature on buffet. Hand sanitizer next to food item. Improper thawing of scallops. No digital thermometer. Wet wiping cloths on counter. Oil stored on floor. Utensils stored wet. Coffee stirs not wrapped separately. No test strips.
· Wendy's, 83-B, 3300 U.S. Highway 278, Covington. Date: Oct. 8
Violations: Employee did not wash hands between glove changes. Ice maker/machine has buildup near lid area. Had wet wiping cloth out sitting on top of Frosty machine. Utensils stored wet above three-compartment sink. Lid does not seal properly and has small crack on Frosty machine. Gasket area on reach in cooler and French fry station dirty.
· A Touch of Country, 85-B, 1105 Church St., Covington. Date: Oct. 9
Violations: Nozzle on tea container dirty. Chemicals near food prep area. Cheese thawing on counter. Wet wiping cloths on counter. No test strips for sanitizer.