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Kitchen Cops: 4 low performers include Madison, Decatur eateries

Four low performers were reported for several violations this week. (Source: WAFF) Four low performers were reported for several violations this week. (Source: WAFF)
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New China Restaurant in Decatur is not new to the Kitchen Cops Low Performers list. This time, they are this week's lowest scoring low performer. The Morgan County Health Department handed the restaurant a 78. The inspector reports they weren't keeping it clean enough and that workers did not sanitize equipment properly.

To prevent the growth of microorganisms and toxins, food has to be at the correct temperature. The health department reports food in cold storage wasn't cold enough. Chicken was 16 degrees off the mark. Lo mein was 12 degrees off and egg rolls were 11 degrees above the maximum allowed temperature. New China also lost points because of food without date of preparation and expiration stickers.

Smashburger in Madison scored an 80. According to the health inspector, improper storage causing a potential cross-contamination combination was an issue. Smashburger lost points because a personal drink with a straw was reportedly sitting beside silverware, napkins and ketchup packets. The inspector also reports several bottles of chemical cleaner had no labels and one of those was next to condiments.

Fulin's Asian Cuisine in Decatur also scored an 80. The inspector says they witnessed bare hand contact made with ready-to-eat food. The restaurant was docked points because the inside of the ice machine and the soda dispenser were not clean. Also, the inspector reports workers were eating in the kitchen.

Mongolian Grill Buffet in Florence scored an 82. The Lauderdale County Health Department reports several food items in a cooler were above the maximum allowed temperature of 41 degrees. They also had broken containers, which can leak and cross-contaminate, and a can opener needed to be cleaned.

For health inspection scores from around the Tennessee Valley and across Alabama, click here. (Please note: WAFF cannot verify the ability of this third-party link to be viewed on all mobile devices).

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