Two Vietnamese noodle shops, located near each other in Duluth, failed recent health inspections because improper procedures were used to cool potentially hazardous cooked foods.
What the Pho, 2442 Pleasant Hill Road, scored a 48/U, while Taste of Pho, 2180 Pleasant Hill Road, earned a 57/U. The routine inspections were performed on the same day, but by different Gwinnett County inspectors.
At What the Pho, pork bone soup prepared the night before was still not at a safe temperature, despite being held in a cooler for more than six hours. The inspector said the soup was in one deep container instead of being separated into shallow pans. Cooked shrimp and chicken were also improperly cooled in the prep cooler.
Other points were taken off because employees were handling food with bare hands, and not changing their gloves when switching tasks.
At Taste of Pho, several batches of broth and two whole chickens, all cooked the night before and left in the cooler overnight, were not at safe temperatures. They were discarded.
The inspector said the batches of broth were too large and should have been divided into smaller containers. The chickens were placed in a plastic bag and instead should have been put into a pan and loosely covered.
In other violations, shrimp, beef and pork in a prep area cooler were out of temperature range, and frozen chicken was being thawed improperly. All of this food was thrown away.
Both restaurants will have a follow-up inspection. What the Pho had a previous score of 89/B, and Taste of Pho had a 90/A.