August 9 RESTAURANT REPORT: leaving food out too long

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When restaurants have foods sitting out, the state Health Department says many foods have to be thrown out after four hours if certain temperatures are not maintained to make sure harmful bacteria hasn't started growing.

According to an inspection report, that problem happened at Phoenix Buffet at 101 North Carter Road in Hanover. Among it's 5 critical violations on a recent inspection, one was that sushi rice was still present two hours after it should have been discarded. The rice was thrown out and violations were corrected during the inspection. Phoenix Buffet had no critical violations on the follow-up inspection.

In Henrico, Full Kee Restaurant at 6400 Horspen Road had 4 critical violations. The report says cooked pork was sitting out at temperatures that were too warm. Chilled foods are supposed to be kept at least 41 degrees to prevent bacteria from growing. Full Kee had all issues resolved for the re-inspection four days later.

This week's NBC 12 Hall of Fame Award goes to Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken, 2200 West Broad Street in Richmond. They've been making their famous chicken since 1966 and now they'll be famous for acing their health inspections.

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