Restaurant manager: Health inspectors nitpicking over violations

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Upset over a pair of recent inspections, a Mexican restaurant said inspectors are nitpicking.

“Surprised.” That’s the reaction from the manager of Charritos Mexican Grill, 4740 Reed Road. On April 6, the Franklin County Public Health Department uncovered 18 violations including seven critical ones.

On April 20, inspectors noted 14 violations; six of them critical.

Violations included:

  • Like a worker handling nachos with her bare hands.
  • Uncovered food, including fish, in the walk-in freezer.
  • The manager on duty that day was unable to demonstrate that he knew cooling time and temperature parameters, like how to tell if a thermometer is calibrated.

When NBC 4 Investigator Tom Sussi dropped by the restaurant, the manager told him, “Everything is clean, but she have the lamp and the light. She was looking for something.”

Sussi asked the manager if he thought the inspector was nitpicking.

“Yeah, I think so,” the manager replied.

Charritos will soon have a follow-up inspection.

A few weeks ago, Sussi told you about The Olive Tree Mediterranean Café, 3185 Hilliard Rome Road in Hilliard.

During six inspections between February 6 and April 10, there were a total of 54 violations. It prompted the Franklin County Public Health Dept. to issue them a warning letter.

The restaurant passed its latest inspection with flying colors.

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