We got inspected this morning and she had 2 huge issues...
The first was our prep cook was holding a 2 part soup (bechamel and tomato base). He had the bechamel in one 6 gallon steam kettle and the tomato mixture in the second 6 gallon steam kettle. He had pulled 8 quarts and ice bathed it. He had pulled and mixed the rest in 7 quart steam table soup pots and moved them to the steam table on the line.
The health inspector watched him move the 5 soup pots to the steam table. When she went to inspect the prep station she started bitching at the prep cook because she thinks he is trying to keep to much soup on the steam table and he needs to cut down on his batch size. She flipped out when he says “I'm going to make another 10 gallon batch before lunch is over”.
The lady schooled me for 10 minutes about cooking less more often. I asked her if it was safe to soup on a steam table for under 3 hours and she looked shocked. Then I showed her where we had sold over a gallon of soup in the hour that it was offered and she calmed down.
The second issue she had was when she went to inspect the bakery. I told her flat out she was a city inspector and our bakery falls under a federal inspection. She didn't care what I told her and went to inspect it. Everything was good till she walks up the the 50* walk in and she flipped out. Before she even walked into it walk in to see what was in there she told me that it's all has to go in the dumpster right now or she is going to shut us down.
I picked up the phone and called her boss. I told him she is trying to inspect my bakery and has no idea she is doing. I explain that she wants to shut us down because we have a 50* a proofing walk in that we also keep some dry stock in.
After she spends over 2 hours and kills my morning for nothing she gives us 98 (out of 100). 1 point she took off was from the bakery that is not an issue under the federal inspection. I truly wounder the training that these people get. I understand that we sell more food between 5:30am to 9:30pm then most of the other places around us sell in a week, but they should at least be able to understand that some places do higher volume.
Sorry for the rant.
What other stupidity have you run into from the health department?