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Restaurant Inspections: Fortel's Pizza Den, Dave's Diner, China Wok

See how your favorite Affton and Shrewsbury restaurants fared in recent St. Louis County Health Department inspections.

Restaurant inspections in Affton, Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas are conducted by the St. Louis County Department of Health. Patch has a summary of the public reports affecting area eating and drinking establishments reviewed in January and February 2013. This article contains the first half. 

Grade rankings range from A (highest) to C (lowest). Report comments and explanations are provided in Patch's summary. Follow-up and opening inspections are noted, other visits are routine.

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Fortel's Original Pizza, 7932 Mackenzie Rd.
Inspection date: Jan. 3
Grade: A (99)
Comments: Loose areas around three-compartment sink must be resealed. The following items were corrected while the inspector was present: empty paper towel rack in employee restroom replaced, plates stored face side up were turned over, and black and pink mold-like substances on the ice cream machine were cleaned.

China Wok, 4269 Bayless Ave.
Inspection date: Jan. 22
Grade: A (100)
No comments were included in this report.

Dairy Queen, 4343 Weber Rd.
Inspection date: Jan. 8
Grade: A (99)
Comments: Missing floor tiles were scheduled for repair at the end of January 2013.

Dave’s Diner, 5513 S. Lindbergh
Inspection date: Feb. 25
Grade: A (95)
Comments: An inspector responded to a complaint that an employee was coughing, handled money and ate food from her own plate, before preparing a customer’s food with bare hands. The employee did not wash her hands, according to the customer complaint. Hand sink supplies and gloves were provided, and the inspector spoke to a manager about proper hand washing. The inspector did not note any other violations.

Exquisite Catering, 8715 Gravois Rd.
Inspection date: Jan. 9
Grade: A (100)
Comments: Hepatitis A records and food protection certificates were provided from a Dec. 31 inspection.

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Chris Mallie March 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Geez - so pink and black mold in the ice cream machine and no way for people to properly wash and dry their hands after using the restroom results in a score of 99 out of 100? Are we grading on a curve?

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