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Apache Mall Food Court inspections

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Food and Drug Administration has linked more than 100 cases of the intestinal illness cyclospora in Iowa and Nebraska to a prepackaged salad mix supplied from Mexico.

The contaminated greens were served at the popular chain food restaurants Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

One place in Rochester that houses many chain food restaurants is the Apache Mall Food Court. 

Pink slime on pop dispensers, customer illness complaints gone unreported, and employees showing up to work in soiled clothing were all violations noted in the latest round of food safety inspections at the Apache Mall food court, completed in the past year.

Multiple offenses at multiple restaurants were noted. 

There were walls deteriorating at A & W All-American Food, employees working in dirty clothes at Subway, and mold growing on Sbarro's pop machine. 

Manchu Wok failed to properly report customer illness complaints to Public Health Services, while Sarku Japan had a dripping water heater and no pump soap for employees to use while washing their hands. 

Olmsted County Public Health officials said they intend to leave some violations to the restaurants to fix, and will check on their progress in the next required inspections.

"Based on their level of active managerial control, how well they are managing their establishment, it could be that it would be the next inspection, the next year," said Michael Melius of Olmsted County Public Health. 

Self-serve frozen yogurt shop Carroll's Cup had no major violations on the latest inspection report. 

They said serving a delicious and sanitary product is imperative.

"It's the food service industry. You can only make one mistake and we don't want to take any plunges with that, so we do the best we can to make things as clean as possible," said manager Vitaliy Dovgal. 

Unlike a choice  in cool treats, the work of Olmsted County sanitarians isn't as simple as chocolate or vanilla.

"They take their work very seriously.  It's important because they are representatives of the public. Consumers eating in restaurants can't see behind the kitchen, so our staff takes that responsibility to heart," said Melius. 

Melius said despite this effort, the majority of food safety is simply out of their control. 

"Ultimately, the management and the employees of that restaurant are responsible for serving safe food," said Melius. 



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