Inadequate hygiene practices and some unfinished building repairs cost Grand Buffet in Duluth a passing inspection score.
The Chinese restaurant at 1825 Liddell Lane was given a failing score of 41 out of 100 on a recent inspection.
Spokeswoman Irene Wok, who assists the restaurant manager, said Grand Buffet usually makes A’s or B’s, but an unfinished building project lowered the score this time.
“The kitchen is clean. Most of the problems are from a contract remodeling. The contractor is not finished and that cost us some points,” Wok said.
Points were taken off for a broken faucet, shelves that needed repairing or replacing and missing sneeze guards on portions of the buffet serving stations. Also, a back-splash was missing from a hand-sink, and multiple areas in the facility needed repairs.
However, Grand Buffet dropped most of its points for violations of good hygiene.
Employees were not washing their hands before beginning food prep, or between glove changes or when changing duties, the inspector said.
Gloves were not changed frequently, either. Employees were observed wearing the same pair of gloves for multiple tasks.
Points also were taken off because management did not restrict an employee with an improperly covered infected arm wound. A bandage was only attached by one side, which left the wound exposed and the potential for the bandage to fall off into the food, according to the report.
Among other code violations, eight severely dented cans on a stock shelf had to be removed. Multiple food items in a walk-in freezer were incorrectly stored. And a large number of frozen lobsters were not being thawed properly.
Grand Buffet’s previous score was a 96/A. The restaurant will have an opportunity to get its score back up during a follow-up inspection later this month.
Here are some other inspection scores from area restaurants.
— by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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