March 28 RESTAURANT REPORT: Raw chicken in display case

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Imagine cutting into some cooked chicken and finding it's raw on the inside. That's what a health inspector reported finding in a Henrico convenience store. What did they do about it? We went to find out.

The raw chicken was in the display case at the Seibert's Shell station at 3830 Gaskins Road in Henrico, according to the health inspection report. It was one of seven critical violations.

We talked with manager John Graham, who told us, "The raw chicken was never sold to the public. It was taken out when it was noticed right away."

The report says the chicken was re-cooked and Graham says they also bought new food thermometers.

"We have all new thermometers. We went over all the routines they're supposed to do," he said.

Graham told us staff was re-trained to wash their hands between mopping and checking food temperatures, and to toss foods left sitting past the discard date in the fridge.

"We addressed everything immediately and everything has been fixed. We've been re-inspected and everything is fine," said Graham.

Moving to Richmond, Elephant Thai Restaurant at 1100 West Cary Street had four critical violations. Plus, a fly swatter was stored next to a knife and plate, and some food was stored on or near the floor. The manager told us by phone that violations were corrected during the inspection.

And in Chesterfield, Bowl America at 7929 Midlothian Turnpike had five critical violations. The report says chili and nachos for sale to the public were prepared in a private home. The health department prohibits homemade foods from being sold in restaurants because they haven't inspected the home kitchens. The bowling alley had everything corrected for a perfect score on the reinspection.

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