China King in Tucker was docked points on a recent routine health inspection for misrepresenting the use of monosodium glutamate.
A DeKalb County inspector said MSG is being used to flavor food, even though the restaurant’s menu includes it among a list of additives “not used.” There were bulk containers of MSG at the wok station, according to the inspection report.
China King was told to take the claim off current menus, and not use it in the future, either.
Points were also taken off because a small child was wandering through the kitchen, and turning handles at the wok, during the inspection. The inspector asked that the child be immediately taken out of the kitchen area, but instead an employee held the tot while continuing to work with food.
The child was removed after the inspector threatened to take legal action.
China King, 3201 Tucker-Norcross Road, received a failing score of 54/U.
Among other code violations, food employees were not cleaning their hands before working with food. One employee took items to the dumpster outside then returned to the kitchen to continue prepping food without washing hands.
Raw meats were not separated from cooked or raw ready-to-eat foods in storage or in preparation. Raw shrimp was next to cooked chicken, and raw beef was beside raw chicken.
A walk-in cooler wasn’t keeping foods at the proper temperatures, and refrigerated foods were not date-marked for disposal.
The restaurant will be re-inspected later this month. Management could not be reached for comment.
Here are other recent inspection scores from area restaurants.
- by Laura Berrios for the Food & More blog
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