Marion County restaurant inspections: Sept. 14 - 22

The following restaurant inspections with critical violations were conducted by Marion Public Health between Sept. 14 and Sept. 22:

Iron Chef, 1418 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, Sept. 14. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected during inspection). Observed raw chicken being stored above raw beef in the walk-in cooler. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected). Observed raw beef being stored above sliced onions in the reach-in cooler.

Smoothie King, 1948 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, Marion, Sept. 15. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected during inspection). Observed powder scoops handles to be sitting in powder during the time of inspection. Ready-to-eat, TCS food not properly discarded when required (critical, corrected). Observed TCS food that was supposed to be discarded on Sept. 8 to be held in the reach-in cooler near the serving window.

Jimmy John's, 1950 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, Marion, Sept. 15. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected during inspection). Did not observe lids on pickles in the reach-in cooler. Quaternary ammonium sanitizing solution at incorrect temperature, concentration, and/or water hardness (critical, corrected). Observed three-bay sink quaternary ammonium sanitation concentration to be too low. Refrigerated, ready-to-eat, TCS foods not properly date marked (critical, corrected). Observed milk that had been opened to not have a date mark on it.

Bob Evans Restaurants LLC #130, 188 American Blvd., Marion, Sept. 15. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected during inspection). Observed items in coolers without lids on them. TCS foods not being cold held at the proper temperature (critical, corrected). Observed front cooler to not be holding items at the proper temperature.

Subway of Marion, 571 Delaware Ave., Marion, Sept. 16/19. Equipment food-contact surfaces or utensils are unclean (critical). Observed food contact portion of ice machine to be dirty. Correct by Sept. 19. TCS foods not being cold held at the proper temperature (critical repeat). Observed front coolers on serving line to not be functioning. The meat side was holding at 60 degrees and the vegetable side was holding at 50 degrees during the time of inspection. Correct by Sept. 19. TCS foods not being cold held at the proper temperature (critical). Front reach-in cooler was sitting at 55 degrees. Correct by Sept. 19.

Denny's #8161, 1050 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, Sept. 20. Handwashing sink is being used for purposes other than handwashing (critical repeat, corrected during inspection). Observed food items in the front hand sink. Food in contact with an unclean surface or linens (critical, corrected). Observed scoop handles to be touching food at the salad station. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected). Observed there to be no lid on the bacon in the hot holding unit.

Sonic Drive-In, 185 McMahan Blvd., Marion, Sept. 20. Handwashing sink is being used for purposes other than handwashing (critical, corrected during inspection). Observed a beverage to be in the hand sink closest to the serving window. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected). Observed several items in freezers to not have lids on them. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical repeat, corrected). Observed a missing lid on one of the ice cream toppings.

WALJ LLC/Subway, 691 W. Center St., Marion, Sept. 21. Food employee(s) did not wash hands when required (critical, corrected during inspection). Observed employee donning gloves without washing their hands prior.

Coonies Bar & Restaurant, 25 N. High St., LaRue, Sept. 21. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected during inspection). Observed several items in the make table to not have lids. Quaternary ammonium sanitizing solution at incorrect temperature, concentration, and/or water hardness (critical repeat, corrected). Observed sanitizer levels to be low in the three bay sink. Refrigerated, ready-to-eat, TCS foods not properly date marked (critical, corrected). Observed several items in the make table to not have date marks. Working containers of poisonous or toxic materials not properly labeled (critical, corrected). Observed detergent bottle to not be labeled with common name.

The Remnant Tea and Coffee LLC, 123 W. Church St., Marion, Sept. 22. Ready-to-eat, TCS food not properly discarded when required (critical, corrected during inspection). Asked person in charge (PIC) what they do with their soups at the end of the day. PIC explained that they have been cooling soup down and reheating it the next day. Explained to PIC that soup must either be discarded or must be consistently held at 135 degrees or above since their license (level III) does not allow for any cooling and/or reheating. PIC stated they would begin throwing their soup away at the end of the day.

El Campesino East, 160 McMahan Blvd., Marion, Sept. 22. Handwashing sink is being used for purposes other than handwashing (critical, corrected during inspection). Observed pan to be stored in handwashing sink. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected). Observed several food items in coolers throughout the facility to not have lids on them. Refrigerated, ready-to-eat, TCS foods not properly date marked (critical repeat, corrected). Observed several food items to not be date marked past the 24 hour period. Working containers of poisonous or toxic materials not properly labeled (critical, corrected). Observed chemical bottle containing bleach water to not be labeled with common name.

Mi Jalapeno #2, 1360 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, Sept. 22. Employees are not informed in a verifiable manner of their responsibility to report information about their health (critical). Did not observe signed sick policies in the facility. Correct by Sept. 29. Handwashing sink is being used for purposes other than handwashing (critical repeat, corrected during inspection). Observed a drink glass to be in the hand sink at the bar. Food package(s) received in poor condition (critical, corrected). Observed dented cans in storage. Items received should be inspected by PIC to ensure they are safe to consume. Food in contact with an unclean surface or linens (critical, corrected). Observed ice scoop handle to be touching ice at the bar. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected). Observed food throughout the facility in each cold holding unit and hot holding unit to not have a lid on them. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected). Observed raw chicken being stored in walk-in cooler above raw beef. TCS foods not being cold held at the proper temperature (critical, corrected). Observed to-go salsa containers to not be held at the proper temperature. PIC disposed of salsa containers. Ready-to-eat, TCS food not properly discarded when required (critical, corrected). Observed TCS food in walk-in cooler that was prepped on Sept. 5 still being held in cooler. PIC disposed of items. Improper storage of poisonous or toxic materials (critical, corrected). Observed bleach being stored near food items.

El Campesino, 1834 Marion-Waldo Road, Marion, Sept. 22. Food not properly protected from contamination by separation, packaging and segregation (critical, corrected during inspection). Observed items in cooler next to the oven to not have lids on them. Food contact surfaces not easily cleanable (critical, corrected). Observed cutting board to no longer be easily cleanable. PIC discarded cutting board and replaced it with a new one during the time of inspection.

For full restaurant inspection details, visit marionpublichealth.org.

This article originally appeared on Marion Star: Marion County restaurant inspections: critical violations Sept. 14-22