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Kitchen Cops; Restaurant scores 53, shut down by health department

A 53 for the China Grill Buffet in Madison is the worst score we have seen. (Source: WAFF) A 53 for the China Grill Buffet in Madison is the worst score we have seen. (Source: WAFF)
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A Madison County restaurant was immediately shut down after receiving the lowest score ever reported on Kitchen Cops.

A Madison County health inspector reports there were 11 critical violations during an inspection at the China Grill Buffet in Madison, resulting in a score of 53.

The Madison County Health Department ordered an emergency closure, which is automatic for a food establishment that scores a 59 or lower. The restaurant has since been allowed to reopen.

The inspector reports the discovery of rodent dropping and dead cockroaches in the business. The inspector also says they caught China Grill Buffet workers reusing oyster shells.

The restaurant lost points because they were using raw shell eggs straight from a farm, an unapproved food source. The inspector found uncovered food in freezers and coolers in close contact with other food, causing cross contamination.

Food at the wrong temperature allows bacteria to grow, and the health department reports 15 pounds of raw chicken was 27 degrees above the required temperature for cold-holding food.  

Shrimp on the buffet was five degrees below the minimum temperature needed for hot food. Also, some cooked food didn't have proper date marks to let them know when it would need to be thrown out.

That inspection happened on August 14. On August 17, the health department came back for another inspection. China Grill Buffet had to score at least an 85 to be allowed to reopen, and they did just that, scoring exactly an 85. The restaurant scored a 71 during their inspection before the one in which they scored a 53.

Stanlieo's Sub Villa in Huntsville scored an 84. The inspector reports raw beef, turkey and ham in a cooler were four to nine degrees above the temperature required for cold food.

Cajun's Seafood in Sheffield also scored an 84. They lost points for cutting pork chops on cardboard, and for storing popcorn shrimp in a cardboard box

Happy Hollow Market in Florence scored an 82. The inspector reports the inside of the ice maker was dirty.

The H & W Convenience Store on West Moulton Street in Decatur scored an 81. They lost points because fried chicken, chicken wings and pizza were 9-19 degrees below the required hot-holding temperature. The inspector also reports the inside of the ice machine was not clean.

The Old Cookstove in Danville scored an 83. The inspector reports turkey pot roast was 30 degrees below the required hot-holding temperature, and chicken tenders were 24 degrees below the mark.

There are three Kitchen Cops High Performers this week. The Chik-Fil-A on the UNA campus scored a 99. The Our Little Kitchen mobile food unit in Athens and New Hope Grocery and Deli each scored a 98. 

For health inspection scores from around the Tennessee Valley and across Alabama, go to Alabama Public Health.

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