August 1 RESTAURANT REPORT: 5 second rule doesn't apply

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - You know the five second rule. If you pick food up off the floor in under five seconds, it's still edible. Right. The Health Department doesn't follow that rule...for good reason. The food may have picked up dirt and bacteria from the floor.

The health inspection report for Shoney's at 12531 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield shows 7 critical violations. Among them, the report says a cook dropped a hamburger bun on the kitchen floor and planned to serve it to a customer.

The report says management discarded the bun and the staff corrected other violations. On two follow-up inspections, Shoney's had two critical violations each, which were corrected.

Moving to Jason's Deli, 1700 Willow Lawn Drive in Henrico, which had 5 critical violations. The report says the dishwasher touched dirty dishes then removed clean dishes without washing their hands in between.

Jason's Deli sent us the following statement:

"The health and safety of our guests at Jason's Deli is our highest priority. On June 24, our Willow Lawn location failed to meet not just the health department's standards, but our own as well. We took action and are happy to say we were in full compliance upon the July 24 follow up visit."

Finally, on the list is Shelette's Home for Adults at 1901 4th Avenue in Richmond, with 5 critical violations, including that guacamole and brie cheese should have been discarded months earlier. The report says they were thrown out and other violations were corrected on the spot.

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