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      Restaurant Report: December 2, 2013

      Health inspectors are keeping a close eye out for hygiene violations - things like handling food and drinks properly and correct hand washing procedures. / Kerri Copello

      Health inspectors are keeping a close eye out for hygiene violations - things like handling food and drinks properly and correct hand washing procedures. If these violations are allowed to go on without being corrected, customers could possibly get sick.

      Lowest Scores:

      Main Garden, 162 Ocilla Highway, Fitzgerald - Grade: 71

      According to the Georgia Department of Public Health , any score below 70 is considered unsanitary.

      During the inspection, the health inspector docked points for raw animal products being stored in the walk-in cooler over ready-to-eat food and drinks.

      Ready-to-eat items were kept more than twenty-four hours without any date marking.

      The handwash sink did not have papertowels. Soap and papertowels are required to be supplied at all handwash locations.

      Wet wiping cloths were left on the counter between use.

      There was a bowl in the dry, uncooked rice being used as a scoop.

      While at Main Garden, the inspector also noted that the back door was not properly sealed.

      Top Scores:
      Local restaurants obtained a perfect grade this week; several others were graded in the 90s.

      Burger King, 802 S. Slappey Blvd., Albany - Grade: 100 The Brown Bag, 106 North Davis St., Nashville - Grade: 100 Sonic Drive In, 1015 E. 16th Avenue, Cordele - Grade: 99 Lin's Garden, 607 N. Irwin Ave., Ocilla - Grade: 98 Lillie's Cafe, 901 W. Baker Hwy., Douglas - Grade: 97 Griffin's Country Diner, 603 Old Omega Rd., Tifton - Grade: 96 Olive Garden, 1208 U.S. Hwy 82 W., Tifton - Grade: 96 Carlton's Hamburgers Inc., 119 Front St., Sylvester - Grade: 94 Marco's Pizza, 1404 Tift Ave., Tifton - Grade: 92 Subway, 1637 Liberty Expressway, Albany - Grade: 91 Our Daily Bread, 118 S. Main St., Fitzgerald - Grade: 87 Paul's Little Super Market, 245 Stonewall St., Dawson - Grade: 86 Oishii Japanese Grill, 1909 U.S. Hwy. 82 W., Tifton - Grade: 85 Main Garden, 162 Ocilla Hwy., Fitzgerald - Grade: 71
      Restaurants are inspected every six months, but if you see a potential violation let your county health department know about it.

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