Cracker Barrel receives B rating

By Karen Holbrook -

JONESVILLE — A recent inspection by the North Carolina Public Health Inspections revealed several violations by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store located at 1717 N.C. 67 in Jonesville, resulting in a final grade of 83.

While representatives from the Cracker Barrel corporate office could not immediately be reached, a full report of violations are available on the North Carolina Public Health website.

On July 13, the restaurant was given demerits for 14 violations, including seven that were listed as critical violations.

A list of the critical violations and their descriptions are listed below:

• 2-103.11 (A)-(L)Person-In-Charge-Duties (Pf): Management in this facility needs more active managerial controls over operations and procedures that control risk factors to food safety including proper hand washing techniques, no bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods, cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, and food protection. Instructed managers to actively monitor operations to ensure proper procedures are being followed and conduct corrective actions if problems occur. Employee training needed at this facility.

• 2-301.14 When to Wash (P): Employees shall properly wash their hands before handling food, clean dishes/utensils, and putting on gloves after activities that can contaminate hands. Waitress seen handle clean glasses after handling dirty dishes and cooks seen handling raw eggs/meats and change gloves without washing hands. Instructed manager to correct. 2-301.12 Cleaning Procedure (C): Employees shall use the paper towel to turn off faucets of hand sink after hand washing to prevent re-contamination of hands. Instructed manager to correct.

• 3-301.11 Preventing Contamination from Hands (P): Employee on the cook line seen touching a sandwich with their bare hands. Shall use gloves, tongs, deli paper, or other approved barrier to prevent bare hand contact with ready to eat foods. Sandwich was discarded.

• 5-205.11 Using a Hand washing Sink-Operation and Maintenance (Pf): Utensils found stored in the grill hand sink. Shall not store items in a hand sink. Must keep the sink accessible and use it for no other purpose than hand washing. Corrected. 6-301.14 Hand washing Signage (C): Provide hand washing signs at sinks where missing. Suggest Spanish signage as well.

• 3-302.11 Packaged and Unpackaged Food-Separation, Packaging, and Segregation (P): In the grill area freezer, raw chicken livers found stored on top of sweet potato fries. In the walk-in freezer, raw meats found scattered with and above ready to eat and less hazardous foods. Items of concern seen today were not commercially sealed. Shall store raw meats below or separate from ready to eat or less hazardous foods if the commercial seal is broken in freezer units. Instructed manager to correct.

• 4-601.11 (A) Equipment, Food-Contact Surfaces, Nonfood-Contact Surfaces, and Utensils (P): Shall clean and sanitize pans, containers, lids, utensils, scoops, sifter, knives, can opener, potato peeler, food thermometers, slicer, choppers, tea nozzles, and slicers to remove buildup from previous uses. Instructed manager to correct. 4-602.11 Equipment Food-Contact Surfaces and Utensils-Frequency (C): Keep the prep sink clean and sanitized between uses and different types of foods, such as potatoes and lettuce. Need to clean inside of ice machines to remove mildew.

• 3-501.19 Time as a Public Health Control (P): Upon arrival, shell eggs timed for disposal at 8:42 am. Time of arrival was 9:00 am. Shall not exceed time allowed for these eggs as required by the adopted time as a public health control procedures. Eggs were disposed of and new eggs were placed on the line with the proper time label.

Other non-critical violations are listed on the report at

Karen Holbrook may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @KarenHolbrook00.

By Karen Holbrook

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