Restaurants are supposed to hire their own certified food safety manager, not share one with another facility.
That was the message given to Chopsticks, 2088 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, on a recent routine inspection. The restaurant was given a score of 48/U and told to get their own safety manager in the next three months.
The DeKalb County inspector said Chopsticks was using a safety manager who did the same job for Wingnuts, a separate DeKalb restaurant in the same location. The facility must employ one that is not associated with any other establishment, the inspector said.
Points were also taken off because employees were not washing their hands as needed. An employee was observed touching their hair, wiping their nose, then returning to handle raw chicken without first washing. Another employee put on a hat, but did not wash hands afterwards.
The inspector found moldy foods in the prep cooler. Some cooked ramen noodles and an open can of sauce both had mold and were discarded.
Raw fish and raw chicken were stored in the wrong places in the walk-in cooler. Some cold-held potentially hazardous foods were not maintained at 41 degrees or below. Raw shrimp, cooked chicken and lo mein noodles, all being held in a prep cooler, were moved to a walk-in cooler to lower the temperatures.
Pre-cooked chicken and noodles being held in a cooler were not date-marked for disposal. Some of the equipment and coolers, as well as the floors and walls, needed cleaning.
An employee said the restaurant will be re-inspected within 10 days, which will give them time to clean up and correct all violations. Chopsticks had previous inspection scores of 80/B and 77/C.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
- by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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