A Mediterranean grill in Peachtree Corners had its food permit suspended after receiving a second failing inspection score because management did not document how long food items had been left out on the buffet.
At Dalia’s Grill, 6135 Peachtree Parkway, items at the cold bar and steam table are kept under time control to ensure food safety. However, management did not have any written procedures or time documentation showing how long the prepared food had been left out.
It was Dalia’s third consecutive violation of time control health codes. The restaurant was given a 53/U, its second failing routine inspection score in the past six months.
Some cold foods were left out and the proper temperatures were not maintained.
Manager Salah Naser said he had pulled fresh ingredients out of the cooler to prepare salads and the food temperatures rose above the 41-degree limit.
“Some salads take half an hour to prepare and you can’t control the temperature,” said Naser, a 52-year veteran in the restaurant business. “You have rules and you want to be real strict with them, but it doesn’t work that way in the business.”
In other code violations, an employee was observed using bare hands to pull food out of a hot meat dish, then threw it back in. Another employee handled a lettuce leaf with bare hands then put it back into a batch of lettuce. Both the meat dish and the lettuce were discarded.
The restaurant was also out of compliance with food storage codes. Raw chicken was stored above tomatoes. Raw ground beef and raw eggs were placed above cut vegetables, spinach and broth.
The restaurant will re-open after a follow-up inspection, Naser said.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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