January 26 Restaurant Report

Washing your hands before handling food is important to keep food safe from bacteria. And the State Health Department says if a restaurant worker touches their face, they have to wash their hands again.

An inspector spotted a food employee scratch his ear and head, then touch food at McDonald's, 9210 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield. The restaurant had 4 critical violations on the inspection. The report says the employee was told to wash his hands and throw out the food. Violations were corrected while the inspector was still on site.

Moving to Richmond, the Hilton Garden Inn at 501 East Broad Street had 4 critical violations. The report says pizza boxes and clean linen were stored on the floor, and the potato salad, tuna salad and diced ham and turkey were not cold enough on the buffet line. Hotel General Manager John Cario tells us all violations were immediately corrected and staff has gone through food safety training. He says they take inspections very seriously and work hard to take care of their customers.

And in Henrico, New Hunan Gourmet at 3107 Mechanicsville Turnpike had 5 critical violations, including that large batches of raw food were at room temperature. Workers were told to keep it in the fridge to keep it cold and to work from smaller batches. Violations were fixed during the inspection and New Hunan earned a perfect score the next time.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Chick-fil-A at 2900 West Hundred Road in Chesterfield. This fast food restaurant has earned perfect scores on it's last three health inspections, and hasn't had a critical violation in a year.