Restaurant inspection: Dead fish in tank means failing health score

During a recent routine health inspection at Royal China Restaurant in Chamblee, a dead fish was found in the fish tank and raw beef was touching the ground.

These were code violations that led to another failing health score for the restaurant at 3293 Chamblee Dunwoody Road.

Royal China scored 53/U, after posting previous scores this year of 86/B and 50/U. The restaurant has had five failing health scores within the past 13 months.

The DeKalb County health official said dead fish must be immediately removed from tanks to prevent contamination. And food should never come in contact with the ground. The fish and the beef were discarded.

During the latest inspection, the inspector also found raw meat thawing on the counter and some thawing in stagnant water in the vegetable sink. The meats were relocated and the sink sanitized.

Points were taken off when an employee sprinkled cilantro on a customer’s plate with bare hands. Also, several food prep employees were not wearing hair restraints.

In other code violations, multiple potentially hazardous cold foods were at unsafe temperatures and were discarded. The dishwasher had no measurable amount of sanitizing solution, the inspector said. Multiple clean dishes and utensils were dirty with food debris.

Royal China will be re-inspected.

In other news: Recently featured Déjà Vu Sports Bar & Lounge, 2997 Campbellton Road, Atlanta, scored 94/A on a follow-up inspection.

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