An Indian restaurant in Duluth will have to get its cold food temperatures down or face a permit suspension by East Metro Health.
An inspector put Lajawaab Indian Food on notice after a repeat violation of cold-holding temperatures during a July 13 inspection. The restaurant is in a strip shopping center at 2870 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.
Some milk, butter, half and half and an egg mixture had been above the temperature limit of 41 degrees for potentially hazardous cold foods for more than an hour, according to the health report.
The restaurant earned a failing score of 53 out of 100 and will have to undergo a follow-up inspection later this month. Its food permit could be suspended with another cold-holding violation, the inspector said.
Owner Navraj Banga said his restaurant had been inspected five times in the past six weeks, and each time he is made aware of a new violation that he didn’t know about during the seven years he has been in business. Banga said he is now being told to get the temperatures down to 38 degrees.
Points were also taken off because containers of chickpeas and sauces prepared on site were more than a week old, and some other food items made earlier in the week were not date marked.
Banga said these foods were not going to be served to customers, and he showed the inspector fresh items prepared to replace them.
Among other violations, raw eggs and raw chicken were stored above ready-to-eat foods in the walk-in cooler. Round pillows used for making naan bread were covered with food debris. And coffee containers, mayonnaise jars and garlic containers were being re-used to store food and spices. Only food safe containers can be used for storing food.
Lajaweeb received a 92/A on its previous inspection.
Among other recently reviewed restaurants, Judy’s Restaurant, at 38 Hudson St, Fairburn, brought its score back up to an A, earning a 92 on a recent follow-up inspection.
Here are other recent inspection scores from the metro area.
— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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