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Would your kitchen pass a health department inspection?

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Every restaurant in the state of Georgia is inspected at least once a year by the health department to make sure customers don't get sick.

Mojitos Cuban-American Bistro owner Luis Fernandez knows how tough it is to please the health inspector.

"They're very thorough, at least here in Gwinnett County," Fernandez said. "They're very thorough and they know their stuff."

You'd expect to see an inspector in a restaurant, but one place you don't, is in your own home kitchen.

So could your kitchen pass the test?

Gwinnett county inspector Jason Reagan paid a visit to Todd and Samantha Davidson's home in Alpharetta. They volunteered to have their kitchen inspected and when asked what temperature their food should be stored at in the refrigerator, they had no idea.

Reagan said cold items should be stored below 41 degrees. He also checked their kitchen and found expired salad dressing.

But one thing the Davidsons did do well was date deli meat that had been opened.

Reagan said meat, cheese and milk should be marked the day they are opened and tossed after seven days, regardless of the expiration date.

And when it comes to food prep temperatures, you must cook items like chicken and beef above 165 degrees.

The Davidsons received a score of 63 and a 'U' for unsatisfactory on their home inspection.

"It would have been nice to pass, but luckily dinner this weekend is at a neighbor's and not here, so we have time to improve and maybe tonight is a pizza night, I don't know," Todd Davidson said.

One of the Davidsons biggest violations? Todd used a tissue to wipe his nose and never washed his hands afterwards. Their dog, Cody, didn't help them out either.

"The first one that comes to mind is actually looking down and having the dog in the refrigerator looking at everything," Reagan said. "I would definitely say that would be a no-no."

The Davidsons weren't the only ones that got grilled by the health inspector. Nancy Frampton, who lives in Buckhead, found out how hard it is to make the grade in her home's kitchen as well.

While her food temperatures were good and she did a nice job washing her hands often, there were a few things that didn't please the inspector.

Reagan lost his train of thought when he spotted a cat running through Frampton's kitchen. He also found outdated salad dressing in the refrigerator which he made Frampton toss out.

Frampton received a score of 65 and a ‘U' for unsatisfactory on her kitchen inspection.

"Maybe I won't frame it and put it on the wall," Frampton said.

And guess who grew up eating in this kitchen? CBS Atlanta News reporter Will Frampton.

"If I was doing things that were way off base in my food prep, you know, we'd all be dead by now," Nancy Frampton said.

So at the end of the day, whether cooking at home or in a restaurant, food safety should be a top priority.

"We live to cook another day," Nancy Frampton said.

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