Poor hygiene practices from an inexperienced kitchen staff cost a Paulding County restaurant a passing health inspection recently.
Employees at Great Wall Buffet, 4484 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram, weren’t washing their hands correctly or wearing hair nets when preparing food during an Aug. 13 routine inspection.
Two employees were seen washing their hands in dirty dishwater. Another employee washed his hands correctly, but then re-contaminated them by turning the water off using bare hands. Paper towels were unavailable at the sink.
The restaurant was given a failing score of 56. Manager Chang Lin said his staff was inexperienced and needed training on how to wash their hands properly. “This wouldn’t have happened with experienced workers,” he said.
Employees were also shown how to use a hair restraint, and to cover food so it does not become contaminated.
Points were taken off because numerous containers of sweet-and-sour chicken were uncovered in the walk-in cooler, as were some containers of food in dry storage.
Also missing were time and date records to ensure food freshness. Some sushi was discarded because there were no time markings to indicate how long it had been prepared. There were no discard dates for food in the freezer or walk-in coolers, according to the report.
The restaurant will be re-inspected later this month. Its previous score was a 96/A.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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