RESTAURANT REPORT: Food temperature violations in two restaurants

Published: Sep. 1, 2016 at 3:22 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2016 at 2:21 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Two restaurants had violations for not keeping food the proper temperature. That can be dangerous if food sits too long at the wrong temperature. Here's a look at where it happened, and what they did about it.

Remember, the Health Department now uses priority and core violations now, rather than critical.

We went first to Casa Grande, 10921 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield. It had four priority violations, plus 11 core on its last health inspection. The report says a dish washer handled dirty, then clean dishes without washing hands in between. It says rice was not kept hot enough, salsa was not kept cold enough, and temperatures in both walk-in coolers were too high. When the inspector returned a week later, Casa Grande still had one priority violation - a walk-in cooler still needed to be repaired. Most other violations had been corrected.

In Ashland, Top's China at 435 England Street had two priority and two priority foundation violations, plus three core. The report says the fried rice was not adequately cooled to prevent bacteria growth. It was cooked the evening before and was still 58 degrees the next day. The seafood delight was not kept hot enough on the buffet. The report says the rice was thrown out, the seafood was reheated, and other violations were corrected during the inspection.

We sped over to Panda Express to give them the Hall of Fame Award. The Chinese restaurant at 13340 Rittenhouse Drive in Chesterfield has earned perfect scores on five health inspections over the last three years.

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