A malfunctioning cooler cost a Stone Mountain restaurant a half day’s worth of business last week.
A Gwinnett County health inspector suspended the permit of New China, 1227 Rockbridge Road, on Aug. 30 because temperatures were too high on refrigerated food. All the food that had been prepped to serve or cook that day had to be thrown out.
New China has had problems keeping cold foods at safe temperatures on “several occasions,” according to the inspector. The restaurant was given a failing score of 64. Its previous routine inspection score was 48.
Manager Kevin Se said New China was able to re-open for lunch the following day after repairing the cooler and undergoing a second inspection. They made a 95/A on the follow-up, he said.
“We had a little trouble with the cooler, but it’s fixed now,” Se said.
The inspector said the cooler problem should have been addressed when the restaurant first opened that morning. Cold food temperatures hovered near 50 degrees, well above the 41-degree limit required for food safety.
In other code violations, raw beef and raw chicken were placed directly above buckets of sauces in the walk-in cooler. And raw, beaten eggs were being stored in an open bowl above an open container of sauce in the prep cooler.
Raw meats and eggs cannot be placed above ready-to-eat food. New China had problems with food storage on its previous routine inspection.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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