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Restaurant inspections, Great Wall Buffet

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.

Cobb County

  • Africa Restaurant, 585 Franklin Road, Marietta. 100/A
  • Bailey’s Smokehouse & Tavern, 2500 Cobb Place Lane N.W., Kennesaw. 96/A
  • Bay Breeze Seafood Restaurant, 2418 Canton Road, Marietta. 72/C
  • Bella’s Pizzeria, 3599 Atlanta Road, Smyrna. 96/A
  • Sam’s BBQ 1, 4944 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 92/A

DeKalb County

  • Figo Pasta, 627 E. College Ave., Suite A, Decatur. 92/A
  • Eclipse di Luna, 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road N.E., Dunwoody. 80/B
  • Jo’s Grille, 2120 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta. 73/C
  • Skip’s, 48 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates. 98/A
  • Yen Jing Chinese Restaurant, 5302 Buford Highway, Doraville. 80/B

Fulton County

  • Block & Barrel Deli, 151 Ellis St. N.E., Atlanta. 100/A
  • Blue Ridge Grill, 1261 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 94/A
  • Dreamland Bar-B-Que, 10730 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell. 89/B
  • Johnny Rockets, 3500 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 93/A
  • Landmark Diner Junior, 2277 Cheshire Bridge Road N.E., Atlanta. 75/C

Gwinnett County

  • Cracker Barrel, 75 Celebration Drive, Suwanee. 90/A
  • Friends Sports Grill, 752 Dacula Road, Dacula. 88/B
  • Pupuseria Los Campos, 706 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville. 90/A
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 1350 Scenic Highway, Snellville. 80/B
  • Royal Indian Cuisine, 4315 Abbotts Bridge Road, Duluth. 94/A

Paulding County

  • Hai Hai Steakhouse, 5157 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram. 80/B
  • House of Lu, 4075 Marietta Highway, Dallas. 92/A
  • Joan’s Family Restaurant, 269 W. Memorial Drive, Dallas. 95/A
  • Phoenix Bar & Grill, 3716 Atlanta Highway, Hiram. 94/A
  • Totopos Mexican Restaurant, 55 E. Paulding Drive, Dallas. 93/A

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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