Comments are taken directly from latest county inspection reports, which are available at each food establishment and at the Thurston County Environmental Health Office. For questions concerning these reports, contact the health office at 360-867-2667.
Red violations are those most likely to cause food-borne illness and must be corrected immediately if feasible or according to a compliance schedule established by the health officer. Blue violations relate to the overall cleanliness and condition of operation and must be corrected according to a compliance schedule established by the health officer. Any establishment receiving more than 45 red demerit points or more than 65 total demerit points will be automatically reinspected in 10 days. If an establishment exceeds those limits twice in a calendar year, the permit will be suspended immediately.
Effective May 1st: The Washington State Department of Health recently made some changes to the Food Code and revised the inspection reports. The new inspection reports no longer track percentages. Thurston County Health Department has decided to no longer use percentages as well because they are commonly misinterpreted. Many people equated the percentages to the standard grading system with 85 percent being a solid B, although at 85 percent the food facility would have 59-63 violation points.
ARBYS 2528 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia May 22: Routine check 0 red 10 blue Comments: Red None noted. Blue Temperature/data logger not available to monitor. Ice cream/milkshake dispenser has several leaks and creating a mess on the outside.
TURKISH KABOBS 4011 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey May 20: Routine check 0 red 0 blue Comments: Red None noted. Blue None noted.
CARLS JR. 3816 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey May 20: Routine check 10 red 2 blue Comments: Red Additional cleaning needed for back handwash sink. Blue Additional cleaning needed under equipment, shelving and at mop sink area.
ITALIA PIZZERIA 2505 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia May 13: Routine check 10 red 23 blue Comments: Red Some employees food handler cards are missing. Missing thermometer to salad bar cooler. Blue An employees open drink was in back next to slicer on table. Paper bag of baked bread was stored directly on floor. Dipper well used to store scoops for gelato not turned on. Several door seals to reach-in coolers are torn or damaged. Meat slicer had dried-on food residue. Equipment was filthy and dusty. Floors need cleaning including the floor mats.
TACO BELL 1101 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia May 15: Routine check 0 red 0 blue Comments: Red None noted. Blue None noted.
SUBWAY 1001 Cooper Point Road SW, Olympia May 15: Routine check 5 red 0 blue Comments: Red Sandwich make table does not have even product temperatures. Blue None noted.
CHARLEYS GRILLED SUBS Westfield Capital Mall, Olympia May 15: Routine check 15 red 0 blue Comments: Red Many food handler cards are missing. Two toxic cleaners in spray bottles are unmarked. Blue None noted.
TACO BELL 182 Trosper Road SW, Tumwater May 21: Routine check 5 red 10 blue Comments: Red Cold holding food on dine-inside was at 45 degrees. All cold holding/storage must be 41 degrees or colder. Blue Water line to Bunn hot water heater continues to have mildew inside the line.
SRIS CORNER 5109 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater May 21: Routine check 20 red 27 blue Comments: Red One employee was missing a food handler card. Top food inside inserts at food prep table was at 45-50 degrees. All cold storage/holding must be 41 degrees or colder. Missing thermometer to inside food prep cooler. Blue Many containers of food are left open inside all refrigerators. No sanitizing solution was prepared for either back prep area or front dining. Using non food container for storing processed food. Inside ice machine has pink scum build-up. Dry storage area behind curtains or drapes completely unorganized. Poor lighting over dry storage behind curtain. Containers of food continue to use scoops without handles.
BREWERY CITY PIZZA 5150 Capitol Blvd., Tumwater May 22: Routine check 0 red 0 blue Comments: Red None noted. Blue None noted.