Restaurant Report: We had to go to jail

Restaurant Report: We had to go to jail

(WWBT) - This the first time we had to go to jail for the Restaurant Report. We weren't invited inside, but we talked with the jail about what they're doing about food safety violations they had on their last health inspection.

Usually, all the local jail kitchens do well on health inspections.  But this time, the Chesterfield County Jail at 6900 Mimms Drive had four critical violations, plus eight non-critical.

The report says the kitchen staff of inmates needed food safety training, one was eating where trays are prepared, and food thermometers were four to five degrees off.

We contacted the jail, and the Sheriff's Office sent us the following statement:

The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office goes to great lengths to make sure inmates of the county's jail receive adequate care which includes the quality of food served daily. We strive to offer well-balanced meals for our inmates in a kitchen facility that is clean and up to code. Recently, it was brought to our attention that the jail kitchen received several critical violations following a Health Department inspection. These violations were immediately corrected and all issues have been resolved. In addition, training is being developed for food service workers.

Next, we went to Pho So 1 Vietnamese Restaurant at 6403 Rigsby Road in Henrico. It had eight critical violations, plus seven non-critical. One violation was that the chicken, cooked rice noodle, and been sprouts were sitting out too warm.

"When the bean sprouts are out about four hours, we throw them away," owner Mai Nguyen said, explaining they now use time tracking on the food.

The report also said the slicer wasn't clean. "After we cut, we clean it," Nguyen said.

The report shows four violations were corrected on the spot. When the inspector returned two weeks later, Pho So 1 still had two critical violations.

We asked Nguyen if they have fixed all the problems.  She responded, "Yes, they came and inspected again already."

The Arby's motto is "We have the meats."  But they also have perfect inspection scores.  We gave Arby's at 5900 West Broad Street our NBC12 Hall of Fame Award for acing six health inspections.

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