Restaurant raises score after DEC reinspection

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2000

The King Salmon Restaurant in Soldotna scored 90 percent on a reinspection last week by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

"There was much improvement," said Jerry Farington, environmental health officer for DEC in Soldotna.

He said the restaurant had reduced food holding temperatures, improved basic sanitation and cleared access to the sink where employees wash hands. The back door was screened, and the restaurant was using proper thawing techniques.

Only a few minor problems remained, he said. For example, there was no working thermometer in the restaurant's cooler. Restaurant owner Jose Puentes said he had nothing to add to Farington's report.

DEC periodically inspects food service establishments. By its description, a score of 100 reflects adherence to minimum levels of sanitation. A score of 100-90 is good, 89-85 is acceptable, 84-70 is marginal. A score of less than 70 is unacceptable, and the establishment is closed until violations are corrected and a reinspection is made.

The King Salmon Restaurant closed voluntarily for one day last month after failing a June 14 inspection.

"We corrected all the critical items on-site and did some education with their employees. They reopened the next day," Brad Tufto, environmental health officer for DEC, said last month.

The successful reinspection was July 26.

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