Two Paulding County restaurants recently failed routine food service inspections for the third time in the past year, but the district health department is allowing them to remain open for now.
Instead of suspending their food permits, the Northwest Georgia Public Health District is trying to work through language barriers and inspect both of them more frequently, said Environmental Health Director Tim Allee.
During routine inspections May 2, China Garden Buffet, 4484 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram, scored a 61. Mizu Restaurant, 7951 Villa Rica Highway, Dallas, scored a 63.
In the past year, routine inspection scores for China Garden were 40 and 29, while Mizu had a 44 and a 45.
“These two facilities have been very challenging to work with not only due to their failure to comply with standards, but also due to language barriers for public health staff to overcome,” Allee said.
He said the permits could be suspended if standards aren’t improved consistently.
During the latest inspections, both restaurants had problems with temperature controls and with keeping food past expiration dates.
At China Garden, shrimp, dumplings and ice cream mix were thrown away because the temperatures were too high. Some egg rolls were discarded because they were too old.
At Mizu, raw shrimp, beef and chicken in a cooler were discarded because the door had been left open overnight causing the temperature to rise. Numerous sauces were also thrown away because they were past the discard date.
Allee said both facilities have been cooperative in correcting violations.
He said both restaurants will be inspected more frequently, and he wants to “exhaust all efforts” to communicate the violations and expectations of improvement before suspending the permits, or implementing any other administrative action.
A spokesperson from China Garden said they needed to correct a few items before being re-inspected. The manager of Mizu was not available for comment.
Here’s a look at other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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