Monday, July 30, 2018

Linden Food Giant Cited For Major Health Violations

LINDEN, TN (WOPC) Linden's Food Giant is in hot water following a surprise health inspection from the Department of Agriculture.

State officials tell WOPC the store received an unscheduled inspection Friday following a series of complaints. According to the official report, nearly 28 violations were found. Among them, meat and dairy stored at 'improper temperatures'. The surprise inspection report led to meat and dairy products being immediately pulled from store shelves.

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The numerous violations led to an overall health inspection score of 51. Tennessee Department of Agriculture Spokesman Will Freeman tells WOPC that a score of 51 is 'failing'.

The official report details violations with the 'person in charge' or manager, food labeling, improper date marking system, heavy food debris on slicers and pans, build up of food on knives, 'heavy build up of residues on the floors throughout the deli area'.

Additional information on the report suggests 'numerous flies throughout the store'.

WOPC reached out several times to Houchens Industries, owner of Food Giant, for a comment. We have not received a follow-up as of this report.

State officials say several of the violations require immediate correction and are listed as 'priority violations'.