A Paulding County restaurant recently failed a routine health inspection because there were no time markings indicating how long the buffet had been left out.
Also, some of the cold items were being served at temperatures exceeding the range for food safety.
Great Wall Buffet, 4484 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram, scored a 58/U on its routine inspection Oct. 29. The restaurant has since improved, scoring an 89/B on a follow-up inspection.
During the routine visit, the inspector said foods on the buffet line could not be served because there were no records showing how long they had been there.
In addition, the sushi, which was not labeled, had a temperature of 68 degrees, well above the 41-degree limit. Cantaloupe and honeydew melons were also too warm, both with temperatures of 58 degrees. The sushi and melons were discarded.
In other violations, raw beef and won tons were left uncovered in the freezer and subject to contamination. There were dented and rusted cans of pears, bamboo shoots and oyster sauce.
Plastic shopping bags, used to store food, were found throughout the facility. And a bag of rice was stored on the floor instead of on a shelf.
The dishwasher didn’t have sanitizer, so employees were instructed to wash the dishes by hand.
An employee at Great Wall Buffet, who did not want to give his name, said the restaurant did much better on the follow-up inspection, just narrowly missing an A rating.
In the routine inspection, “there were some things in the wrong place, but everything else was alright,” he said.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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