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Of the Livingston County restaurants inspected in February 2020, priority and priority foundation violations were found at 29 locations.
Each month, the Livingston County Health Department inspects some businesses and schools that serve food.
The Livingston Daily publishes reports on the most serious violations — ones that could lead to contamination of food or increase the risk of transmitting a foodborne illness — as well as corrective measures taken.
Hartland Sports Center
2755 Arena Drive, Hartland Township
There were three spray bottles not labeled as to their contents. The person in charge labeled the bottles properly at the time of the inspection. There was no soap at the hand sink. Soap was available upon the inspector’s return. There were no paper towels at the hand sink. A new shelf was not allowing staff to open the dispenser and refill. Upon the inspector’s return, there was a dispenser available and paper towels were stocked in the dispenser. There was no chlorine test kit available. The facility decided to use quaternary sanitizer instead.
10100 W. Grand River Ave., Fowlerville
The dish machine was not dispensing the proper amount of sanitizer. It was suspected that the product was expired. A new container of sanitizer was added and proper sanitizer concentrations were restored. The hand sink in the main kitchen was soiled with food residue. Coleslaw and ranch dressing prepared on Feb. 3 were labeled with a discard date of Feb. 20. Foods that are time and temperature controlled for safety cannot be held more than seven days. A proper discard date label was attached at the time of the inspection. No detergent was being dispensed in the dish machine because the container was empty. A new detergent container was added at the time of the inspection.
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440 W. Main Street, Brighton
A pan of cooked chicken wings was holding at 50 degrees in the grill line prep cooler. A container of coleslaw was holding at 46 degrees. Upon further investigation, other items were also holding in the 41-to-50 degree range. All refrigeration equipment was working properly. It was suspected that the food items were left out at room temperature during the prep process. Some of the items are transferred from the basement walk-in unit on rolling carts. Those items may have been sitting on the cart for an extended period of time at room temperature. A tall plastic container of grits was cooling in an ice bath. The product was placed into an ice bath approximately 20 minutes earlier and was still approximately 200 degrees. The grits were transferred to a large shallow metal pan for proper cooling. Short ribs prepared two days prior to the inspection were cooled in a deep pan. No temperature violations were confirmed, but this method will not likely ensure proper cooling. Two refillable spray bottles containing cleaning chemicals were not labeled. The bottles were labeled at the time of inspection.
Great Lakes Family Restaurant
963 S. Grand Ave., Fowlerville
Home-prepared foods were being stored in the walk-in cooler. The items included several 5-gallon buckets of cut tomatoes in a vinegar solution, which were prepared by a family member. The items were removed at the time of inspection. A pie cooler was holding food at 50 degrees. Cream pies and cheesecake were discarded. The pie cooler has been taken out of service and a new unit was ordered. Cream pies are now stored in another unit. A refillable spray bottle containing a chemical degreasing solution did not have a label. Proper chemical labeling was observed upon the inspector’s return.
1504 Lawson Drive, Howell
An employee touched the computer ordering screen while wearing food handling gloves. They returned to prep food without changing the glove. Several employees did not wash their hands before wearing new food handling gloves. Both hand sinks were blocked by equipment. One hand sink was being used to store a water pitcher for the bread-making equipment. The other hand sink contained a sanitizer bottle. The items were removed at the time of the inspection.
8515 W. Grand River Ave., Brighton
There were multiple employees improperly washing their hands. One employee washed their hands less than the required time and proceeded to use their pants to dry their hands. Another employee washed their hands less than the required time and did not dry their hands. Multiple employees changed soiled gloves but did not wash their hands properly as there were no paper towels to be found at any of the hand sinks in the kitchen. There was shredded lettuce on the line without time stamps. There were no paper towels at either hand sink in the kitchen. An employee was sent to the store during the inspection.
5589 E. M-36, Pinckney
There was rice in the steam table that had been placed there about an hour and 45 minutes prior. It was at 120 degrees. The steam table should not be used to reheat foods because it takes too long. It was reheated properly to over 165 degrees in the microwave oven and placed back into the steam table. The chlorine sanitizer concentration in the dish machine was too high. It was adjusted. Foods were being improperly cooled in the walk-in cooler. Mashed potatoes and rice were in containers 6-to-8 inches deep with the plastic wrap slightly uncovered on the edge. The rice was already cold, but the potatoes had been placed there an hour and half before and were at 100 degrees. They were moved to uncovered shallow pans. Sausage patties were being cooled in a covered shallow pan and were at 67 degrees. The cover was removed so that the heat was not trapped in.
Old Hickory Bar
7071 Bennett Lake Road, Fenton
The cooler next to the fryer was holding food at 49 degrees. Deli meat, sliced tomatoes, burger patties and dressing were discarded. Upon the inspector’s return, there were no items in the cooler at time of inspection, but the ambient air read a proper 40 degrees. The in-use knives and utensils were being switched out every shift, which is typically eight hours. The in-use utensils that are in contact with food that is time and temperature controlled for safety need to be washed, rinsed and sanitized at least every four hours. Raw beef was stored in the walk-in cooler above bottled drinks. It was moved away from ready-to-eat food.
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Jersey Giant Subs
3813 Tractor Drive, Howell
Tomatoes and lettuce had been put out at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, but were not marked to indicate the time they were removed from the cooler and the time they must be discarded (4 hours later). They were marked during the inspection. The hand sink in the dish-washing area was blocked by buckets and a cart. They were moved.
120 W. Highland Road, Suite 800, Howell
A couple a bottles of cleaner were stored on the prep table near food. They were moved to the chemical storage room. Always store chemicals away from food and clean equipment. There were a couple spray bottles of sanitizer missing labels. They were labeled during the inspection.
Mary’s Fabulous Chicken & Fish
2429 E. Grand River Ave., Howell
A cook came into work, took an order, put food handling gloves on and made the food without washing his hands first. He washes his hands. Several onions in a bin in the walk-in cooler had white mold growth. All of the onions were discarded.
Snappers on the Water
6484 Bennett Lake Road, Fenton
There was a container of moldy food dated from December. It was discarded. There were some cans that were leaky and rusted. They were set aside to be returned.
St. John Catholic Church
2099 Hacker Road, Howell
The two-door cooler in the kitchen is holding food at 60 to 65 degrees. Sour cream, yogurt, milk and sauerkraut with sausage were discarded. There was a large pot of tomato sauce that was improperly cooled in a large container in the cooler. The cooler was broken. The sauce was at the same temperature as everything else (60 to 65 degrees). It was discarded.
Tubby’s Sub Shop
9912 E. Grand River Ave., Ste 500, Brighton
A food handler used gloves that touched raw meat to begin to assemble ready-to-eat sandwich ingredients. She was stopped and told that she must wash her hands and put a new pair of gloves on before touching ready-to eat food. She washed her hands and donned a new pair of gloves. The solution used to wipe down the cutting board contained too much chlorine. Water was added.
3949 W. Grand River Ave., Howell
A dicer in the cleaned dish area contained food particles. It was cleaned.
Brighton Coffeehouse and Theater
306 W. Main Street, Brighton
The automatic dish machine was calibrated for chlorine sanitizer, but the unit contained quaternary sanitizer. It resulted in sanitizer concentrations that were too weak. The quaternary sanitizer was removed and replaced with proper chlorine sanitizer. Proper sanitizer levels were restored.
Buffalo Wild Wings
9745 Village Place Blvd., Brighton
Foods in a prep cooler were holding 50 degrees in the upper compartment and 45 degrees in the lower compartment. Large metal containers of ranch and blue cheese dressings were holding at 50 degrees. The products were stored on ice, but the amount of ice was not adequate. Ranch and blue cheese dressings, cut tomatoes, cut lettuce, salsa and dairy products were discarded. Upon the inspector’s return, the cooler was repaired and a larger, taller ice bath was being used to hold dressings.
Community Congregational U.C.C.
125 E. Unadilla Street, Pinckney
The dish machine was out of chlorine sanitizer. The container was tipped to the side to make sure that the machine was pulling the sanitizer, which it was. The bleach will be replaced before the next event.
10495 Hartland Square Road, Hartland Township
The dish machine was getting stuck in a cycle where it did not activate the hot water sanitizing cycle. It was repaired.
2560 E. Grand River Ave., Howell
An open container of grilled cooked chicken and sausage had a use-by date that had passed. It was discarded.
750 W. Grand River Ave., Brighton
The facility uses both chlorine and quaternary sanitizers. However, only quaternary test strips were available. Chlorine test strips were purchased.
Mt. Brighton Resort
4141 Bauer Road, Brighton
No paper towels were available at the hand sink at Bruin’s Bar. Towels were provided at the time of inspection.
6995 W. Grand River Ave., Brighton
Hot dogs in a reach cooler were kept past their use-by date. They were discarded.
Stout Irish Pub
125 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton
Cooked cabbage, cooked pasta noodles and house-made pizza sauce were expired. The items were discarded.
Sunrise Family Diner
2375 E. Grand River Ave., Howell
A line cook cracked eggs, changed food handling gloves and put a new pair of gloves on before touching ready-to-eat food without washing their hands.
114 W. Grand River Ave., Brighton
A staff member touched dirty dishes while loading them into the dish machine. He began to put clean dishes away without washing his hands.
1022 S. Michigan Ave., Howell
An employee with painted fingernails was performing food-related tasks such as scooping fries without gloves on.
Whispering Pines Golf Club
2500 Whispering Pines Drive, Pinckney
The interior of the ice machine had some mold growth. During the golf season it is routinely cleaned, but the club had not been open for a while.
Wong Express House
9912 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton
A slicer had an accumulation of dried food on the back of the blade. It was taken apart to be cleaned. Grease accumulation was found in between and around equipment.
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A four-year-old girl is often mistaken for a toddler due to a rare disease affecting just 30 people worldwide.
Violet Cocking still wears clothes designed to fit an 18 month old – and is only a few inches taller than her four-month-old sister, Ada.
Mum Charlotte Cocking, 32, was concerned about her size from birth, but says medics were unable to find a cause for two and a half years.
But after months of turmoil, a genetic test revealed Violet from St. Ives, Cornwall, had microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type 1 – a genetic condition inherited from both parents.
Charlotte and her husband Robert, 43, unknowingly carried the dwarfism gene which meant Violent inherited the same defective gene from both.
Charlotte, who is a bartender said: “People assume Violet is a toddler so when I tell them her real age, they look at me with a very confused expression.
“Violet has settled well into reception but requires extra support – she has a really good friend called Willow who looks out for her.
“She is 3ft 8in, a foot taller than Violet, which is a pretty average height for a four-year-old but their height doesn’t stop them from being the best of friends.”
Violet was born at 36 weeks yet she looked smaller than ever and weighed 2lb 15oz.
Charlotte added: “She was kept in NICU as she was unable to feed and could only stomach 50ml of milk a day – the equivalent to a double shot in barmaid terms.
“As the months passed, she barely grew, and I became very concerned that she was wearing newborn clothing at six-months-old.
“She wasn’t much bigger than a pint glass at three-months old.
“Even now she wears specially made shoes which are a size two and a half for babies.
“But periodically she was fine, we had genetic and blood tests with the NHS but the results were never abnormal – but I knew something was wrong.
“I researched the living hell out of her characteristics – she had curved fingers and puffy feet along with a really small head.
“Dwarfism always popped up in a search, but I assumed I was being daft until we had another test that involved a saliva swab from me, Rob and Violet, when she was two and a half.
“We were over the moon to finally a diagnosis that revealed she has a rare form of an already rare form of dwarfism.”
The couple discovered a charity called ‘Walking with the Giants’ who have a specialist genetic team that has diagnosed five other children with Violets condition in the UK.
There was a 50 per cent chance Violet would be a carrier like each of her parents and a 25 per cent chance to not have the condition.
Violet is still currently reaching all her milestones and despite her development being delayed, she did learn how to walk seven months ago.
Charlotte said: “I can’t help but feel like I wasted the first year of Violet’s life obsessing with what is wrong with her.
“I feel guilty, but I was desperate to get an answer which is when I came across the charity Facebook group.
“I can’t thank them enough for their support and it is nice to be able to speak to other parents who have children with a rare form of dwarfism.
“We don’t know what to expect for the future, but she is very lucky as other children with this condition are known to be severely disabled.
“Violet isn’t a typical child, but she is smart and funny – she is mentally three-years-old.
“Her speech is behind and can be hard for others to understand and she can only walk a short distance in places where she is familiar with.”
Charlotte feared her second daughter Ada, now four months, may have the same condition but a Chorionic villus sampling at 11 weeks confirmed she was born without.
She adds: “I was a nervous wreck waiting for the results with Ada, as we wouldn’t be able to cope with another disabled child.
“It was great when they said she was unaffected and already Ada is almost as big as Violet.
“But that doesn’t stop her from being the best big sister and she always bringing Ada her toys.”
So many things we buy come packaged in plastic containers or wrappers that are meant to be used once, thrown away and forgotten ― but they don’t break down and can linger in the environment long after we’re gone. It’s tempting to think that we can recycle this problem away, that if we’re more diligent about placing discarded bottles and bags into the curbside bin, we’ll somehow make up for all the trash overflowing landfills, choking waterways and killing marine life.
For decades, big petrochemical companies responsible for extracting and processing the fossil fuels that make plastics have egged on consumers, reassuring them that recycling was the answer to our trash crisis. Just last month, Royal Dutch Shell executive Hilary Mercer told The New York Times that the production of new plastics was not the problem contributing to millions of tons of plastic waste piling up in landfills and drifting in oceans. Instead, she suggested, the problem is one of improper waste disposal. Better recycling, she implied, is the solution.
“We passionately believe in recycling,” Mercer told the Times.
But plastic recycling is in trouble. Too much of the indestructible material exists in the world, more than our current recycling networks can handle. And the very same companies that say recycling is the answer are about to unleash a tidal wave of fresh plastics that will drown recyclers struggling to stay afloat.
“We’ve been trained [to think] that we can purchase endlessly and recycle everything,” said Genevieve Abedon, a policy advocate at the environmental nonprofit Californians Against Waste. “There is no way that recycling can keep up.”
Big oil, natural gas and chemical companies have poured an estimated $200 billion into more than 300 petrochemical expansion projects across America from 2010 to 2018, according to the American Chemistry Council. Fossil fuel giants ExxonMobil and Shell, as well as plastic makers like SABIC and Formosa Plastics, are building and expanding at least five ethane cracker plants in Appalachia and along the Gulf of Mexico. The facilities will turn ethane, a byproduct of natural gas fracking, into polyethylene pellets, which can be made into a variety of products, including milk jugs, shampoo bottles, food packaging and the air pillows that protect your Amazon orders.
Already, over 350 million metric tons of new plastics are produced worldwide annually. In the next decade, production will jump 40%, spurred in part by the new manufacturing plants, according to an analysis by The Guardian.
Current rates of recycling are dismal. In Europe, about 30% of plastics are recycled, but the U.S. recycles only 9.1%, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s about all our networks can manage without significant improvements and investments in recycling technologies and infrastructure.
Recycling will suffer when the new manufacturing plants begin pumping out more virgin plastic, said Ted Siegler, a resource economist at waste management company DSM Environmental Services Inc., based in Vermont.
“They will hurt recycling,” he said.
In theory, more plastics should be good for recyclers. But the industry is already in the midst of a crisis.
America has grown accustomed to shipping low-value trash overseas for recycling. This practice began on a large scale in the early 2000s. Last year, that system fell apart, leaving recyclers scrambling and consumers confused.
The country never developed recycling networks that would handle all kinds of plastics, according to Heidi Sanborn, executive director of the nonprofit National Stewardship Action Council. Instead, local recyclers process only the stuff they can make money off of. Most high-value plastics, like soda bottles (which come stamped with a “1” symbol) and milk cartons or shampoo bottles (which bear a “2” stamp), are pulled out and recycled domestically. Everything else ― that’s anything stamped with the numbers 3 through 7 ― remains unsorted and gets shipped as “mixed plastics” to other countries, where they can still turn a profit. (Things like potato chip bags and candy bar wrappers are practically worthless and aren’t considered recyclable. People still try to mix them in with their household paper and plastic, much to the consternation of recyclers.)
“We did the world a disservice by not doing our due diligence and saying it’s worth paying American citizens to do the work and keep the jobs and the recycling infrastructure solid at home,” Sanborn said.
Plenty of other countries export their recyclables as well. Until recently, China had been the world’s largest buyer of recyclables, taking 40% of America’s scrap paper and plastic. At the end of 2017, however, China blocked shipments of foreign recyclables, causing mixed plastics (numbers 3 to 7) and paper to pile up at ports around the world. Prices for these scrap materials tanked, wiping out what little value the plastics had to begin with.
In the wake of China’s ban, with no place for mixed paper and plastics to go, curbside collection programs from Maine to Michigan to Florida were suspended. Reports have emerged from cities and towns across the country about collected recyclables ending up in landfills and incinerators.
The latest big blow to recycling came in early August with the closure of rePlanet, California’s largest chain of recycling centers where consumers could return empty containers and redeem bottle deposits. Even though plastic bottles still have some value in the States, it’s not what it was before the China ban.
“The scrap value of recycled materials has dropped across the board for every material, some much worse than others,” explained Martin Bourque, who heads up the Berkeley, California-based Ecology Center, home to one of the country’s oldest curbside recycling programs.
For recyclers like rePlanet, which made money only on the materials it sold, low scrap prices make it difficult to cover operating costs. In rePlanet’s case, there were other factors at play: For one, a state-run mechanism designed to help recyclers ride out hard times didn’t adapt quickly enough to save the company.
But there was another problem, too: Consumer goods companies don’t necessarily want to source recycled plastics for their products, not when they can save money by purchasing freshly made plastic.
“It’s so much cheaper to buy new, virgin resin,” Bourque said.
Since oil and natural gas are the raw materials for making plastic, the price of virgin plastic is tied to oil and natural gas prices, which are currently low. Natural gas, in particular, is now very cheap due to the fracking boom in the U.S. Remember the ethane crackers getting built in Appalachia and the Gulf of Mexico? They will only make virgin plastic cheaper, according to Siegler.
“All the new plants that are coming online are just going to continue to drive the price of virgin plastics down, which will encourage consumption on new plastic and discourage recycling,” Siegler told HuffPost.
Some contend that virgin plastic prices are already artificially low.
“The government has intervened and subsidized virgin materials extraction and made it impossible for recycling to compete,” said Sanborn.
Companies that are building new plastic manufacturing plants are getting help from the government, too. Oil and gas giant Shell is building a massive complex in Pennsylvania that will open in 2020 and produce 1.6 million metric tons of polyethylene every year. The plant will also receive $1.65 billion in tax breaks over 25 years. A Shell official told the Northeast U.S. & Canada Petrochemical Construction Conference in 2016 that without this fiscal package, the company may not have gone ahead with the project. (The company did not respond to multiple requests for comment.)
Recycling efforts, from collection to sorting to reprocessing, have not received comparable subsidies, Sanborn said.
Some of the big fossil fuel and chemical corporations are funneling money into projects meant to improve recycling ― though not nearly as much cash is going toward this effort. In January, 28 oil and gas, chemical and plastics companies, including Exxon, Shell, SABIC and Formosa, formed the Alliance to End Plastic Waste and collectively pledged $1.5 billion over five years for improving recycling infrastructure. That amount is far short of what’s needed to see real change start to ripple across the recycling industry, Siegler says.
Petrochemical companies, if they wanted to, would need to make investments of up to $20 billion every year for a decade to make sure that 50% of global plastics get recycled or reused, according to a McKinsey analysis. The Alliance said in a statement to HuffPost that it hopes its initial investment will encourage governments, banks and other big corporations to spend more on recycling.
Conservationists still believe that recycling is a worthwhile endeavor, just not a silver bullet to fixing our plastic waste crisis.
“Recycling definitely has to be a part of the solution,” Genevieve Abedon, of Californians Against Waste, told HuffPost.
Siegler years ago proposed a plastic tax to pay for much-needed recycling infrastructure. Charging plastic producers just a penny a pound ― roughly a 1% tax, since most resins cost a dollar a pound ― would raise $4 billion to $5 billion per year, Siegler estimated.
“The price of plastic is too low,” he told HuffPost. “It doesn’t reflect the environmental damage associated with plastic.”
His idea has not caught on.
A landmark pair of bills in the California Legislature would help recyclers compete with virgin plastic producers by boosting demand for recycled plastic. The measures seek to force manufacturers to use more recycled materials in their plastic products.
“If we can increase the demand for recycled plastic, investment will then flow through the whole recycling chain,” said Kara Pochiro, of the Association of Plastic Recyclers.
Though the bills failed to pass before the end of the legislative session, they’ll be eligible for a vote again next year.
Consumer goods companies could make a big difference by signing long-term contracts with recyclers for material, Pochiro says. This would help insulate recycling companies from fluctuations in the commodity market and potentially stop more collapses like that of rePlanet.
Last November, beverage maker Nestle Waters North America signed a multiyear contract with CarbonLITE, a company that recycles and produces food-grade PET plastic. With this guaranteed demand, CarbonLITE is now building a new facility in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, that is expected to recycle more than 2 billion used bottles every year.
There are things that shoppers can do, too.
“Buy recycled,” Pochiro recommended.
Sanborn said that consumers who don’t like the plastic packaging they receive with their products should lay it all out on the floor, take a photo of the plastic, upload it to social media, tag the company that sent it to them and complain.
“Be really loud and squeaky. The squeaky wheels get greased,” she said.