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Restaurant inspections, Catalina Restaurante y Taqueria

Catalina Restaurante y Taqueria in Hapeville has been caught in a cycle of unsatisfactory scores for two years, most recently receiving two failing marks, according to food safety inspection reports.

The substandard results for the eatery at 4110 Old Dixie Highway, which serves traditional Mexican food, stem from a host of new and repeated violations, including improper handling of cooked foods, inadequate hand-washing procedures, unsatisfactory temperatures controls and an absence of date-marking of ready-to-eat foods.

These type of infractions led to a 44 (U) on the April 10 routine exam and a 60 (U) for the follow-up inspection performed Wednesday, the reports showed. Repeated calls to the restaurant yielded no answer about corrective actions or training. In the meantime, the inspector advised the restaurant April 10 that legal action could be taken if a certified food safety manager is not available within 30 days, the inspection report showed. The violation has been repeated since April 5, 2011, the reports showed.

Certified food safety managers help ensure that all employees are trained properly and understand food safety guidelines in relation to Georgia’s regulations.

Scores for Catalina are as follows:

  • April 25: 60/U
  • April 10: 44/U
  • April 12, 2011: 71/C
  • April 5, 2011: 62/U
  • April 7, 2010: 70/C

Here are more recent restaurant inspection scores from across the metro area.

Clayton County

  • Checkers, 788 A- Spur 138, Jonesboro, 92/A
  • Clayton St. Univ.-Lakeside Cafe, 2000 Clayton St. Blvd., Morrow. 88/B
  • Flaming Wok, 5982 Old Dixie Highway, Forest Park. 100/A
  • Ranchero, 11175 Tara Blvd., Hampton. 87/B
  • Waffle House, 109 Forest, Forest Park. 93/A

Cobb County

  • New York Buffalo Wings, 340 Six Flags Drive, Suite F, Austell. 74/C
  • Ralph’s Tavern, 4290 Bells Ferry Road, Suite 110, Kennesaw. 91/A
  • Ray’s New York Pizza, 600 Chastain Road, Suite 210, Kennesaw. 91/A
  • Reid’s Deli (change of ownership), 1141 Veterans Memorial Highway, Mableton. 98/A
  • Ritter’s, 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 210, Marietta. 88/B
  • Sandwich Hut, 2380 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna. 73/C
  • Surf ’N’ Turf, 366 Six Flags Drive, Suite 15, Austell. 97/A
  • Taco Mac, 600 Chastain Road, Suite 310, Kennesaw. 100/A
  • Wing City, 2467 Windy Hill Road, Marietta. 90/A
  • Wingstop, 1133 Chastain Road, Suite 300, Kennesaw. 100/A

DeKalb County

  • I Love Thai Cafe, 467 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta. 81/B
  • Tiffanys Restaurant, 6637 Covington Highway, Lithonia. 91/B

Fulton County

  • Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, 300 Marietta St., Atlanta. 86/B
  • Octane Pocket Bar, 600 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 100/A
  • Pozole, 1044 Greenwood Ave., Atlanta. 66/U
  • Prickly Pear Taqueria, 950 W Peachtree St., Suite 220, Atlanta. 95/A
  • Pura Vida Hospitality, 656 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 70/C
  • Rathbun’s, 112 Krog St., Atlanta. 61/U
  • Taco Bell, 6560 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 99/A
  • Z-Best BBQ, 2841 Greenbriar Parkway, Atlanta. 100/A

Gwinnett County

  • McDonald’s, 7070 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Norcross. 90/A
  • Thai Spice, 5161 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross. 91/A

— by Lisa Gibson for the Food & More blog

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