A senior living facility in Cumming recently failed its health inspection due to nine violations, including beef being strained in a vegetable sink and cooked meat being found in the sink.
Lanier Place, a retirement community located on Tribble Gap Road, received a score of 59 on July 6 from the Forsyth County Public Health Department, largely due to the person in charge “lack[ing] awareness in key areas of risk factor control or good retail practices for [the] establishment.”
“[I] advised [the person in charge] that the vegetable sink can be used for thawing and cooling of soups or chili but not the straining of meat,” the inspector wrote in his report. “Corrected on-site — the sink was washed, rinsed and sanitized.”
Other violations included hamburgers not being held at high enough temperatures, sliced onions and other ready-to-eat products being stored beside and directly on top of open boxes and trays of raw animal food and an employee returning to the kitchen and continuing to prep food without washing his or her hands before re-entering the kitchen.
The inspector also found expired milk in the facility’s refrigerator.
Prior to the most recent failing score, Lanier Place received a 76 in early January, also due to a lack of knowledge by the person in charge.
The facility previously failed in June 2016, when it received a score of 65 due to a lack of a certified food protection manager and management knowledge.
A re-inspection on July 8, 2016 netted a score of 70.
When reached for comment on the recent failure, Lanier Place deferred to its corporate office, which issued a statement to the Forsyth County News Tuesday night.
"Lanier Place specializes in managing daily living activities of our much-loved senior residents," the statement read. "Included in that is a dining program offering three daily meals that are Chef prepared, dietician supervised and in many cases, customized to dietary preferences.
"Our recent inspection pointed out needed areas of improvement. We have implemented a solid action plan that includes additional staffing, training and a commitment to ServSafe standards. We will continue to focus on our goal of excellent resident satisfaction as we proudly serve our great seniors every day."
A follow-up inspection should occur on or before July 16, during which the facility must score a 70 or above.
If it fails to do so, it will be shut down, and if it fails in subsequent yearly inspections, it “will have to voluntarily close.”