Comments are taken directly from latest Thurston 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.
406 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia
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March 29: Routine check (10 red; 3 blue)
Comments: Red – Some employees had expired food handler cards. Thermometers are needed for six-drawer and two-door refrigerators. Blue – Refrigerator doors and handles need regular cleaning and sanitizing to remove grime.
Compliance rating: 96 percent.
5900 Littlerock Road, Tumwater (Walmart)
Feb. 28: Routine check (5 red; 5 blue)
Comments: Red – A person on the schedule has no food handler card: repeat offense. Blue – Sanitizer strength was inadequate: repeat offense.
Compliance rating: 97 percent.
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia
April 2: Routine check (15 red; 15 blue)
Comments: Red – Student failed to wash hands after handling raw chicken and cleaning the cutting board, and then prepared to work on other food products. Blue – Student failed to wash, rinse and sanitize knives after use with raw chicken. Dishwasher final rinse not hot enough.
Compliance rating: 92 percent.
3215 Harrison Ave. SW, Olympia
April 4: Routine check (0 red; 0 blue)
Comments: Red – None noted. Blue – None noted.
Compliance rating: 100 percent.