The Phoenix restaurant listed as the worst offender in October had nine serious violations, including the fact that no manager was on duty or could be contacted by phone. One of the violations noted by the inspector included, "Several desserts past their 10/19 and 10/21 date marking discard date." The date of the inspection was 10/26. They were serving desserts one week after the discard date? Yikes!
My list represents those restaurants (not schools, caterers, corporate cafeterias, bakeries or other food processing businesses) that had five or more Risk Factor violations -- those are considered a risk for foodborne illness -- during the inspection. A restaurant with that many Risk Factors would be one that I'd avoid, at least until they had subsequent inspections showing more understanding of safe food preparation standards and concern for their patrons.
Here is the list of those restaurants in Maricopa County which had five or more Risk Factors noted on their last inspection. After you peruse that, please take a look at the many Phoenix area restaurants that achieved perfect inspections during the month of October 2012.
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