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Restaurant inspections, Wasabi

A Japanese restaurant in Suwanee recently received a routine inspection score of 39/U because the person in charge wasn’t maintaining food safety.

The Gwinnett County health inspector said the certified food safety manager at Wasabi, 1291 Old Peachtree Road, wasn’t ensuring food was kept at the right temperatures, or utensils were cleaned properly and food stored correctly.

In addition, the manager could not identify the five illnesses that should be reported to the health department if an employee brings them to work.

Among other noted violations, an employee reached a bare hand into a vinegar mixture for sushi rice. Another employee washed a container and knife without using soap or sanitizer.

Some frozen salmon had not been kept at temperatures low enough to kill parasites. The inspector told them not to serve it raw or undercooked. The restaurant’s menus did not include a consumer advisory disclosing all raw or undercooked items.

Temperatures in the sushi cooler were not maintained at 41 degrees or below. And temperatures in another cooler were also too high, with some sushi being held there recorded at 63 degrees. Food was also stored improperly, with raw chicken and raw fish placed above vegetables.

A bowl of rice in water was left under a work table. And paper towels, which cannot come in contact with food, was being used to wrap fish and several other food items, according to the report.

When contacted, Wasabi management had no comment. The restaurant’s previous inspection scores are B’s, and the facility will be re-inspected in the next two weeks.

Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.

Clayton County

  • Anne & Bill’s Restaurant, 1057 Main St., Forest Park. 100/A
  • Anthony’s Pizza, 6518 Highway 85, Riverdale. 87/B
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill, 1887 Mt. Zion Road, Morrow. 90/A
  • El Pulgarcito De Centro America, 6600 Highway 85, Riverdale. 91/A
  • Vientiane Café, 6541 Highway 85, Riverdale. 80/B

DeKalb County

  • Antojitos, 6806 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Doraville. 83/B
  • Capri, 3210 Tucker Norcross Road, Tucker. 76/C
  • El Tropicanna, 3115 Buford Highway, Atlanta. 93/A
  • Lucky China, 4524 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 76/C
  • Pleasantdale Chinese, 3990 Pleasantdale Road, Doraville. 86/B

Fulton County

  • Atkins Park Restaurant, 794 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 70/C
  • Chin Chin Silos, 270 Rucker Road, Alpharetta. 100/A
  • Hambones, 811 Virginia Ave., Hapeville. 91/A
  • La Parrilla, 1801 Howell Mill, Atlanta. 100/A
  • N.K. Buffalo Wings, 4855 Old National Highway, College Park. 82/B

Gwinnett County

  • Carino’s Italian, 1802 N. Brown Road, Lawrenceville. 70/C
  • Moksha Kitchen, 3294 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth. 99/A
  • Orient Garden, 2880 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suwanee. 100/A
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 3207 Buford Drive, Buford. 79/C
  • Wing Ranch, 1154 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville. 88/B

Paulding County

  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 76 Seven Hills Blvd., Dallas. 96/A
  • Captain Eddie’s, 3606 Atlanta Highway, Hiram. 95/A
  • China Panda, 8876 Dallas Acworth Highway, Dallas. 90/A
  • Crossroads Sports Grill, 1305 Cedarcrest Road, Dallas. 94/A
  • Firehouse Subs, 4795 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram. 99/A

– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog

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