Restaurant inspection: Taqueria needs certified safety manager

Hapeville’s Taqueria Catalina passed its latest routine inspection with a 70/C, but the restaurant was warned to get a certified food safety manager immediately.

The manager in charge took the food safety course but did not pass certification, according to Clayton County health officials. The inspector said the restaurant should either hire a CFSM or have an employee take the class until it is passed and someone in the facility is certified.

Not having the certification is a repeat code violation for Taqueria Catalina, 4110 Old Dixie Highway.

In other violations, live roaches and flies were observed on floors, in the sink and on single service items during the inspection. Regular pest control service is needed, the inspector said. The restaurant staff had been using Raid to control pests, which is not allowed.

Points were also taken off because raw fish and beef were stored with ready-to-eat foods. Beef, sausage, cheese and salsa were all above the safe temperature range. Some hot foods stored in an unheated oven were below the safe temperature range.

Other cooked foods were being cooled improperly in deep covered pans. The food was discarded. Food products were stored directly on the floor throughout the facility. Washed dishes had not been sanitized.

There will be no follow-up inspection.

In other news, a recently featured restaurant from Henry County, Huge Hibachi Sushi Buffet, 5425 N. Henry Blvd., Stockbridge, has been re-inspected twice since scoring a 28/U in October. The restaurant failed the first follow-up inspection with a 67/U, then passed a second one with 77/C.

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