Seven Monroe food service spots failed inspection in 1st quarter
MONROE — Seven places that serve food — including Masuk High School — failed an inspection by the town health department in the first quarter of this year.
However, all of them have either already passed a reinspection or are expected to in the near future.
Monroe has roughly 100 licensed food service operations, and 45 underwent routine inspections in the first three months of 2019. Among those that failed, the most common violation was holding food at the wrong temperature. Monroe Health Director Nancy Brault partly attributed this to a learning curve, as the town adopts the Food and Drug Administration’s food code model. Under the FDA model, cold foods need to be kept at 41 degrees. The previous standard was 45 degrees.
Though there remain some compliance issues, Brault said, “our food operators are much more in tune with the FDA code on holding temperatures,” than they were last year, when the town started moving to the new standards.
Restaurants — and other establishments that serve food — are scored on a 100-point scale. A restaurant fails if it scores below an 80, or if it has one or more violations that are worth four points. These include holding food at the improper temperature, not having adequate hand-washing facilities and other problems.
Of those that failed inspection, Brault said, only two have not undergone and passed a re-inspection — Masuk High and The Waterview. However, she said, both of those establishments initially failed because of a problem with a piece of equipment that has since been fixed, and Brault expected them to pass in the near future.
Below is a complete list of which restaurants failed inspection, some of the reasons why and, where applicable, when they passed re-inspection.
Country Pizza, 418 Main St. Monroe: Failed Jan. 29. Scored an 82 with four-point violations for storing food at improper temperatures, having a blocked hand sink and not having the proper shellfish tags (which help track products, and help ensure freshness). Restaurant was re-inspected on Feb. 26 and scored a 94 with no four-point violations.
MacDaddy’s, 650 Main St.: Failed inspection Feb. 25. Scored an 83 with four-point violations for improper temperature and improper hand-washing facilities. Passed re-inspection on March 29 with a 94.
Masuk High School, 1014 Monroe Turnpike: Failed inspection Feb. 28. Scored a 96 with a four-point violation for having food at improper temperatures. The food in the salad bar was out of temperature and needed to be thrown out during the inspection and the cheese unit in the salad bar needed to be replaced. The school hasn’t been re-inspected, but the health director said the problem has been fixed and it is expected to be re-inspected soon.
Monroe Diner, 568 Main St.: Failed Jan. 31. Scored an 85 with a four-point violation for having food at the improper temperature. Restaurant was re-inspected Feb. 26 and scored a 92 with no four-point violations.
Monroe Fish, 477 Main St.: Failed twice — first on Jan. 31, when it scored an 83 with a four-point violation for holding food at the wrong temperature. The store failed again on Feb. 25, when it scored an 88, with a four-point violation for holding food at the improper temperature. The store was re-inspected on March 29, when it scored a 95 with no four-point violations.
Buffalo Bills, 650 Main St.: Failed inspection Feb. 28. Scored an 87 with a four-point violation for storing food at the improper temperature. Passed re-inspection April 3 with a 93, and no four-point violations.
The Waterview, 215 Roosevelt Drive: Failed inspection Feb. 28. Scored an 85 with one four-point violation for storing food at the improper temperature, due to a walk-in cooler that wasn’t calibrated to hold food at no more than 41 degrees. Though the facility hasn’t been re-inspected, the health inspector said the walk-in has been fixed, and the Waterview is expected to pass re-inspection.