UPDATE at 11:08 a.m. Nov. 6: Waffle House on Barrett Parkway in Marietta earned a perfect score on its follow-up inspection.
The restaurant received a 100 on its Nov. 5 inspection conducted by the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department.
A Cobb County location of the famous Atlanta-based eatery known for serving up scattered, smothered and covered dishes 24 hours a day, seven days a week failed its recent health inspection.
Waffle House at 3441 Barrett Parkway NW in Marietta scored a 67, or U, on its Oct. 29 report. Anything below a 70 is considered failing.
Waffle House’s previous food service scores were 86, or B, on Sept. 12, 2018, and 93, or A, on Feb. 2, 2018.
According to the inspection report compiled by the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department, Waffle House’s ice bin and soda dispenser nozzles had mold on its surfaces and steak, pork chops and waffle batter stored uncovered inside the reach-in cooler.
The restaurant also had containers with “excessive debris and black, discolored water,” the inspector wrote. The internal surface of drawers was also covered in food debris, the report said.
Waffle House was also cited for cold food items such as chunk ham, diced tomatoes, cut tomatoes, sliced cheese, waffle batter and creamer, all measuring above 41 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the report.
The inspector also observed the cook handle raw meat with gloved hands, remove those gloves and put on new ones without washing his hands. Waffle House’s manager also had an expired certified food safety certificate, the report said.
A follow-up inspection is scheduled for Nov. 8, the report adds. Pat Warner, director of public relations and external affairs for Waffle House, said the company apologizes for “letting our customers down.”
“Our area vice president and our corporate director of food safety are working with the restaurant team to correct all the issues,” Warner said. “Equipment has been repaired, and management will conduct additional coaching. Our goal is to offer a positive experience to all of our guests, and we are sorry to disappoint our customers in this case.”
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