Confusion over when to use bleach and when not to use it caused the health score to drop at a Doraville restaurant.
At El Autentico Sinaloense, 5303 Buford Highway, sanitizer was improperly used to disinfect cut vegetables, but wasn’t used on dirty dishes or counter-tops and tables, as required.
The DeKalb County health inspector took points off for all three violations, and gave the Mexican restaurant a 52/U on the routine inspection.
According to the inspection report, an employee sliced some lettuce, added water and poured a small amount of bleach over the vegetables. The mixture was discarded because only approved chemicals can be used to clean vegetables. Bleach can only be used as a sanitizer, the inspector noted.
However, it wasn’t being used when cleaning dirty dishes or wiping down surfaces. Dishes were improperly stored in the mop sink until they could be washed. When they were washed no sanitizer was used as a disinfectant.
Also, the sanitizer bucket for wet wiping cloths had no measurable amount of the chemical, the inspector said. The cloths were not even in the bucket, as required, but stored on counter tops.
An employee at El Autentico Sinaloense said they’ve always passed prior inspections, but a language barrier could be blamed for this score.
“They (employees) don’t speak English, and she (inspector) doesn’t tell them what’s wrong,” she said.
The restaurant will have a follow-up inspection in the next two weeks. Previous scores were B’s, an 87 and 86.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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