The food permit of a Vietnamese noodle shop in Gwinnett County was suspended after a health inspector spotted several live roaches on a dirty meat slicer.
I Love Pho, 4650 Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross, was given a 51/U, its second failing score in the past six months.
The meat slicer had heavy food debris on the blades and inside the unit, according to the routine inspection report. The ice machine was also dirty with a thick, mold-like substance inside.
The inspector had employees clean the slicer and ice machine, and told management to bring in a professional exterminator for pest control.
Also, three containers of beef soup were discarded because the soup had not been cooled properly. The soup was left to cool at room temperature, then the deep containers were placed in the freezer to speed up the process. After almost two hours the soup was still too hot.
It was the third time the restaurant had used an improper cooling process for potentially hazardous food, the inspector said.
In other violations, an employee was observed handing raw pork, then picking up ready-to-eat green onions for soup. There were storage problems in two coolers and the freezer. Raw shrimp was stored directly on top of dry noodles, raw beef was over French fries and pork was over jackfruit.
I Love Pho must submit a corrective action plan to health officials and pass a follow-up inspection before the food permit is reinstated. Calls to the restaurant were not being answered as of press time.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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