HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Employees observed using their bare hands to handle food, dead bugs found in the kitchen and dirty cheese spouts are some of the things health inspectors found when they paid a visit to some Horry County restaurants.
Burger Fi in North Myrtle Beach scored a 95 out of 100 points from inspectors with the Department of Health and Environmental Control. The only thing noted from the inspector was blanched fries on the rack were not marked with proper time stamps for discard, however, this violation was corrected during the inspection.
Caribbean Soul Kitchen in Longs, earned a score of 94 out of 100 points. According to the health inspector, the facility did not have a certified food protections manager. Other violations include "home bug spray" in the kitchen, and the freezer lid was rusted and in poor condition.
Almost a perfect score for Chicago Pizza, the restaurant scored a 98. The inspector observed thermometers in holding units.
Fun Warehouse on Dick Pond Road, in Myrtle Beach scored an 88. The inspector noted violations as the nacho cheese machine spout had old food accumulation buildup. It was also observed that boxes of food - pepperoni, hamburger buns, and french fries - were stored on the floor of the walk-in freezer. Black slime buildup was observed on the floor in the prep area under the storage shelf and near the mop sink.
The inspector said items in the reach-in cooler that are time and temperature control safety foods and held over 24 hours were not date marked, and the single service items on the shelf in ice cream area were not six inches off the floor. When WMBF News stopped by the Fun Warehouse, managers there did not want to go on camera but said all of the violations in the inspection report were corrected. They also said the health inspector will be back next week for a follow-up visit. The person listed on the inspection report is no longer an employee according to the managers, but said the reason for the employees termination was not because of the inspection.
The Lucky Panda at 1399 Commons Drive in Myrtle Beach scored an 84, which equals a B. Violations included dead bugs found throughout the kitchen and storage area. Chemical bottles not in original containers were not labeled with an easily identifiable name. The health inspector said chicken was thawing in the walk-in cooler. The back door was open at the time of the inspection, according to the inspector and the floor in the kitchen had heavy black slime buildup.
Surfside Jenny's got an overall score of 71. Violations included employees not washing their hands after performing different tasks. The health inspector observed employee's bare hands when handling toast, however, this violation was corrected during the inspection. The hot water nozzle was not working at the hand sink. Also, hand wash signage was not provided at the employee hand sink. Raw shelled eggs in the walk-in cooler were stored over ready-to-eat bread, and raw chicken was stored on top of beef chub. Items in the walk-in cooler were not protected or covered from contamination (cut leafy greens, sliced tomato, sliced green tomato, home fries, mashed potatoes and gravy).
Zaxby's on Renee Drive in Carolina Forest earned a perfect score.