Health Dept. Roundup

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Inspectors tracked down some fairly heavy hitters in the last week, and we here at Health Department Roundup are only too happy to pass these bad boys on to you, our discerning public.

Denny's at 8199 Southwest Freeway, south of Beechnut, was among the worst offenders this week, with eight violations found after a complaint. The September 24 visit spotted food not protected from contamination by coughs, sneezes, rodents, dust, dirt, unclean utensils or insects, and equipment not cleaned often enough to keep it free of dirt and debris, perhaps because, in another citation, staff were found not to be sanitizing it properly between uses.

Dimassi Mediterranean Buffet (10811 Westheimer) also racked up eight violations during a September 22 inspection, a visit once again driven by a complaint. Some equipment was not handled in a way that prevented contamination (and thus was not free of dirt and debris, another violation). Not helping these issues was the fact that staff were found not to be measuring the cleaning solution, nor were they cleaning some storage areas. Food on the restaurant's buffet (where another three violations were found) also was not protected from contamination.

The dubious winner for the week, however, with 12 violations, was Abhiruchi Indian Cuisine (14045 Westheimer). Here, too, a complaint forced the September 22 visit, which found effective measures to minimize rodents and insects not in use, and food not protected from contamination by coughs, sneezes, rodents, dust, dirt, unclean utensils or insects. Some equipment also was not made of or repaired with safe materials. The eatery's buffet notched another five violations, including for not storing the utensils in a way that prevented contamination, such as by not having the handles accessible.

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