Sumter branch of Waffle House fails DHEC inspection

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 7/3/18

A Sumter branch of a chain diner received a failing food grade after cockroaches and dirty utensils were repeatedly found in the kitchen.

The Waffle House, 1041 Broad St., in front of Sumter Mall received a 93 percent on its most recent …

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Sumter branch of Waffle House fails DHEC inspection

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*UPDATE July 9:  Waffle House earned an "A" on a follow-up inspection today.

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A Sumter branch of a chain diner received a failing food grade after cockroaches and dirty utensils were repeatedly found in the kitchen.

The Waffle House, 1041 Broad St., in front of Sumter Mall received a 93 percent on its most recent inspection from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on June 29, but the overall score was downgraded "due to failure to correct priority foundation violations," which is listed on the report as "controlling pests."

"Numerous roaches were observed underneath the service counter/dish machine area," the DHEC report states, and the violation was not corrected.

Scores are based on a 100-point scale and are assigned a letter grade that is posted at each facility based on the calculated numerical score and the establishment's past scores and any repeated major violations, called priority foundation violations.

A "C" grade is considered failing. There may be times when the posted letter grade differs from the numerical score of the most recent inspection, according to DHEC.

Routine inspections are unannounced and generally range from one to four times a year, and follow-up inspections are conducted within 10 days of a routine inspection that requires further verification.

Other violations that brought the numerical score down from 100 percent included the interior of the utensil drawer and its contents having an accumulation of debris - also a priority foundation violation, the nonfood-contact surfaces of the cook line equipment having an accumulation of grease, carbon and debris, the wall under the service counter/dish machine area being damaged and the floor area in the commissary having an accumulation of dirt.

A follow-up inspection should be completed by July 9, according to the report.

This Waffle House has been inspected three other times this year, receiving an A on June 5 and June 14 and a B on June 22.

Priority foundation violations marked on June 5, which was a routine inspection that ended up with a numerical score of 88, included the utensils drawer and its contents and the ice machine being dirty, the ready-to-eat refrigerated foods not having a date mark, having cockroaches under the service counter/dish machine and an employee with "painted artificial fingernails" who was "observed handling exposed food without the use of gloves."

During the June 14 follow-up, priority foundation violations included having a dirty utensil drawer and contents and ice machine and ready-to-eat foods not marked. The numerical score was 92.

On another follow-up on June 22, the utensil drawer and its contents were still dirty, the ready-to-eat foods were still not date marked, and there were again "numerous cockroaches" under the service counter/dish machine area. After this report, which garnered a numerical value of 90, the overall inspection was downgraded to a B for not correcting repeated priority foundation violations and another follow-up scheduled.

The contact name on the inspection is Judy Booker. A message left with an employee for her or a manager was not returned.