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Inspection prompts corrective steps for Commons
Jokes about the quality of college food are likely as old as the institution of college. Every student gaining the freshman fifteen or starving on a $20 a week budget.
The main dining hall has been a source of amusement, but recently it has been raising eyebrows about their food content. A food safety inspection of the UAB Commons on the Green reveals revealed a cause for concern that restaurant manger and health depatment officials have been working to resolve.
The report, issued by Lisa Holland of the Jefferson County Department of Health, dated August 19, scores the Green at 80 out of a possible 100 points for safety in food preparation and facilities. The routine inspection listed several infractions. The facility had previously scored a 95 on March 27 and a 92 on November 6, 2012.
The report docks the Commons 4 points for “live flies in the kitchen, live flies in the front food service area, and in the dishwashing machine room”.
The report deducts an additional 5 points for “Soiled knives … 3 tomato slicers with hardened matter, the kitchen slicer and the front line deli slicer had dried matter.”
The report states that milk, whipped cream, and egg whites from 7/25 were all being held in food preparation areas.
Milk past its “use by” date was dispensed by 2/3 spouts in the establishment, cold foods including: cheese (53F), boiled egg (52F), tuna (50F – 51) were kept at these temperatures, when the law requires cold food to be served at or below 41F.
Additionally, the report notes that no ice was in contact with the surface of the pan. The report states 3 critical errors.
Subsequent to the initial report, additional inspections on August 23, August 29 and September 26 recorded steps being taken to bring the facility into complaince, according to records available online, though no update of the aggregate score was evident.
Alabama Department of Public health guidelines state and institution with a score between 70 – 84 requires a re-inspection within 60 days.
Any institution with a score below 60 will be shut down immediately.
This report is located in a display case, in the entryway of the Commons.
A copy can also be found at the Jefferson County Department of Health:
Additional Information by Carlene Robinson, Editor-in-Chief, email@example.com and Colin Quarello.