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Kitchen Cops: 5 low performers

Health inspectors gave La Hacienda in Morgan County, an 83. Health inspectors gave La Hacienda in Morgan County, an 83.

We begin the Kitchen Cops report at the La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant on Beltline Road in Decatur. A Morgan County health inspector handed them an 83.

When cooks use a bain-marie, they place food in a container inside a larger pan with simmering water. The health inspector said the bain-marie cooks used at La Hacienda were not keeping the food hot enough to prevent potential bacterial growth.

And the inspector discovered rust inside of the ice bin.

Less than a mile down the Beltline, the Morgan County Health Department handed the New China Restaurant an 84.

Several small infractions reported. Just one critical violation, as the inspector said they were using a broken bowl.

The Madison County health Department handed the Waffle House in the 3600 block of South Memorial Parkway an 81. The inspector reports ham and mushrooms held above the required maximum temperature for cold holding foods. And the Waffle House lost points because of employee drinks sitting next to packages of grits.

This week's lowest scoring low performer is Lucky's Supermarket in Decatur, scoring a 78.

The health inspector reports eggs at 48 degrees and cantaloupes at 55 degrees, both above the maximum temperature of 41 degrees required to prevent bacterial growth in cold holding foods. And the inspector found cola on top of meats, a potential cross contamination combination.

The McDonald's in the 4900 block of North Memorial Parkway scored an 84. The inspector reports the interior of the french fry dispenser wasn't clean, and that the fountain drink nozzles were dirty.

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