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New Restaurant in Duluth Scores 55 Out of 100 on Health Dept. Inspection

Violations included improper storage of raw food, touching food with bare hands, and person in charge with no "active managerial control of facility."

Duluth, Ga., restaurant inspections.
Duluth, Ga., restaurant inspections.

A Duluth-area restaurant scored 55 out of 100 this week in a health department inspection, two months after it was permitted to open.

T.J. House Restaurant, located at 3780 Old Norcross Road, Suite 113, was cited for the following violations, according to the Gwinnett County Health Department inspection report:

  • Person in charge does not have active managerial control of the facility.
  • Observed employees changing gloves to work with foods without washing hands.
  • Observed employees cutting/handling raw carrots/lettuce with their bare hands.
  • Employee drink bottles/cups were observed stored on the preparation table, in the walk-in cooler & above clean equipment/utensils. 
  • Handwashing sink observed being used to store cleaning rag & being used to rinse cleaning rags.
  • Raw pork/raw fish stored over cooked soups in the 3-door reach-in freezer, raw fish stored over tofu in the 3-door reach-in freezer & raw chicken stored over raw vegetables/tofu in the walk-in cooler.
  • Multiple potentially hazardous foods cold holding above 41 F.
  • Lo mein noodles, roast pork sauce & cooked roast duck held over 24 hours without proper date marking.
  • Bulk containers of flour, sugar, salt & cornstarch were not labeled with the common name of the food.
  • Bleach storage bucket/wiping cloths with a concentration below 50 ppm. Bucket was re-mixed to approximately 100 ppm.

Read the entire inspection report here

The restaurant previously scored 100 on March 14, 2014, when an inspector OK’d its permit.

A follow-up inspection will be conducted within 10 days.

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