Restaurant inspection: Coolers not working at Mimi’s Cafe

Line coolers at Mimi’s Cafe in Buford were not working properly during a recent routine inspection, and the air temperature along hazardous food products were too warm.

The Gwinnett County health inspector said a line drawer cooler across from the grill had a temperature of 48.9 degrees, and the cooler under the grill measured 54 degrees. A Mimi’s manager had already notified the corporate office about the coolers.

The restaurant staff had to toss out several food products such as tuna, sausage, cheese, ham, salmon, lettuce, chicken, meatloaf and au jus for the French dip beef sandwiches.

The inspector also noted built-in thermometers in the line coolers were not working, and no other thermometers were placed inside the coolers to measure air temperature.

Mimi’s Cafe, 1880 Mall of Georgia Blvd., Buford, scored 56/U on the routine inspection. Previous scores were 81/B and 80/B.

Points were also taken off because food wasn’t separated and protected from contamination. Raw eggs were stored behind pomodoro sauce in one cooler, and raw eggs were stored above herbs in another cooler. Unwashed fruits and vegetables were stored with other ready-to-eat foods.

An employee cracked eggs into a pan then handled peppers and onions inside a cooler without changing gloves and washing hands.

Food was stored under a condensation leak in the freezer, and boxes and plastic containers had ice buildup. The open food packages were discarded.

Produce stickers had not been removed from avocados that were washed and cut.

Mimi’s Cafe will be reinspected.

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