STOCKBRIDGE – A local Checkers restaurant failed a health inspection last week.
Checkers and Auntie Anne’s, located inside the Walmart at 1400 Hudson Bridge Road in Stockbridge, failed its most recent routine health inspection with a 68 last Wednesday, Nov. 6.
The violations cited by the Georgia Department of Public Health included issues with a person in charge or a certified food safety manager. No designated person in charge could be identified, in spite of the inspector asking all present employees.
No food safety certificate was posted, no documentation could be produced, and employees present during the inspection verified with the inspector that no one had a certification.
In addition, employees were “asked of awareness responsibility to report symptoms and illnesses” and “None of the employees present during inspection had an awareness of their responsibility to report symptoms/ illness,” according to the report, and “specific questions about symptoms and illnesses could not be answered.”
According to the report, employees were educated on five symptoms and six illnesses and given proper documentation.
In addition, the report stated that flies “were observed in the main kitchen” of the restaurant and “were observed in direct contact with open/uncovered food.” The inspector noted that the food was discarded and food employees were educated on covering stored food.
Also, packaged food, in this case bagged marinara “was observed stored uncovered and exposed to contamination by pests.” That food was also discarded.
The report also stated that pest control records were requested but could not be produced.
The restaurant is scheduled for a follow-up inspection on Nov. 20.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health regulations, a food service establishment “graded as a ‘U’ and does not earn at least a grade ‘C’ within 10 days of receiving the ‘U’” may be asked to “voluntarily close” until all violations are corrected, or have its food service permit “suspended or revoked.”
The Georgia Department of Public Health grades food service establishments based on a variety of criteria in food safety. Establishments that score a 90 to 100 get an “A” grade, those that score 80 to 89 get a “B” grade, those that score a 70 to 79 get a “C” grade, and a “U” grade goes to those that score 69 or less.
The Nov. 6 inspection was the third inspection for the restaurant. The facility scored a 100 on July 20, 2017, just before its opening, and scored an 83 on Sept. 20, 2017, according to the DPH’s reports. The inspection was the only reported health inspection of a food service establishment last week.