July 4 RESTAURANT REPORT: food temperature violations

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Health Department says maintaining proper food temperatures is critical in restaurants to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that can make you sick. That's why two restaurants are among those in this NBC12 Restaurant Report.

The first is Shoney's at 7101 Staples Mill Road in Henrico. It had 7 critical violations. Among them, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, and fried okra were not kept hot enough on the hot bar, and food on the salad bar wasn't being kept cold enough. Both problems were corrected right away, as were a few other violations.

The other restaurant with a critical temperature violation was Peking Restaurant, 13132 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield. Among its 5 critical, the report says wontons, raw chicken wings, and brown rice were cold holding at improper temperatures. All problems were corrected by the re-inspection, but the same temperature problem show up again and was again corrected.

Finally, it was a handwashing issue that did it at Captain D's at 205 South Washington Highway in Hanover. It had 4 critical violations. The inspector noted that an employee failed to wash their hands between breading raw fish and serving food. That and other violations were corrected during the inspection and they earned a perfect score on the follow-up inspection three weeks later.