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Restaurant Report Card

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 Tuesday brings a new Restaurant Report Card, when Valley News Live reports who's been slacking in the kitchen and whose clean slate has earned them the prestigious Clean Plate Award.

The first restaurant this week is Babb's Coffee House of Fargo, having four critical and three non-critical violations. The four criticals involved improperly dated items, a chicken salad still in the cooler after seven days, and dishes stacked in the hand washing sink. The inspector also found was also a moldy build-up on the ice machine.

Valley News Live spoke with Babb's Coffee House manager who said many of the violations had to do a lack of education among young recent hires about working in the restaurant industry. In the instance of the chicken salad, he says the dated sticker on the container simply hadn't been replaced with a new one; the food itself wasn't older than two days.

A build-up of mold on ice machines can be common in the restaurant industry, the health inspector added. "An ice machine is a perfect environment for moisture and mold spores," says Grant Larson, Director of Environmental Health at Fargo Cass Public Health.

This week's Clean Plate Award goes to the Frostea tea room of Fargo. Frostea's Facebook page self-promotes "a variety of drink including milk tea, smoothies, slushies, shaved ice, and freshly brewed tea." The tea room has been open for about six months and has not been written up for a single violation during its first three health inspections.

Keeping Frostea clean and tidy is just a part of the job for store manager Brenna Huyne. "It is important to keep it clean," Huyne says, "because we want good reviews and for customers to come back. Also for safety, we don't want someone to get sick."

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