The staff at Southern Buffet & Grill in Union City recently received extensive training on state health procedures following a failing routine inspection.
Manager Ernest Soloman said many of the employees were unaware of some of the health codes and that led to a score of 45/U.
“This is not anything that reflects on our food because we’re very clean and we serve good food,” Soloman said. The restaurant at 4750 Jonesboro Road had two previous scores of 99/A.
Fulton County health officials came in and retrained all of the employees. Soloman said because the restaurant is new the staff didn’t know all of the food safety rules.
“For example, they take out points if cans are dented. And some didn’t know that when you wash your hands it has to be for at least 24 seconds,” Soloman said.
The inspector took off points for six dented cans, and also because there was no soap at the hand washing sink.
Among other code violations, fish and chicken were being improperly thawed in standing water. Some pies were left out uncovered and exposed in a dry storage area. Raw meats were stored improperly in a walk-in cooler. Containers of leftover foods were not date-marked for disposal, and some of the food contents were not identified with labels.
Soloman said he was eager for Southern Buffet to be re-inspected. “This is our first restaurant and we’re just trying to get (the score) back where it was,” he said.
In other news, Zuma, 2899 N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, scored an 82/B on its follow-up inspection.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
– by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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