Fulton County recently shut down a Grand Buffet restaurant after finding numerous repeat violations of food-borne illness risks.
The restaurant at 4365 Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta, scored a 41/U, its second failing health score this year.
Points were taken off for repeat violations of uncovered food and improper food temperatures.
Food throughout the facility was uncovered and subject to environmental contaminants, the inspector said. Also, boxes of ready-to-eat garlic toast in the freezer were torn open and the bread exposed.
At the cold bar service, seafood salad and crab salad were kept too warm, with temperatures around 55 degrees.
Employees were also making the same mistakes in hand-washing and other hygiene practices, the inspector noted. An employee handling a spatula contaminated by raw eggs switched to a clean spatula without washing hands. Another employee in the food prep area was not wearing a hair restraint.
The staff was still not following proper procedures for date-marking prepared foods, according to the report. Containers of left-overs were marked to be discarded in 29 days, instead of the 7-day limit.
In other violations, raw meats and vegetables at the hibachi grill were not kept separate to protect against cross contamination of bacteria.
Grand Buffet will remain closed until all violations are corrected and it passes a follow-up inspection with no food-borne illness risk factors, the inspector said. The restaurant scored a 48/U in April.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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