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Sushi restaurant in Cobb fails health check due to white, green mold

A sushi restaurant in Smyrna failed its recent inspection, according to Cobb County health department records, in part because it had moldy sweet potatoes.

Maru Sushi, at 4454 South Cobb Drive, earned a 64 on its Thursday inspection. Any score below a 70 is considered failing.

“It was a pretty sad day,” chef and owner Joseph Choi told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday.


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He said an unusual number of workers called out the day of the inspection, which he said left him too busy.

There was green and white mold found on spoiled sweet potatoes, according to the inspection report. Rice was being held at an unsafe temperature.

“It’s pretty shameful, but I just slipped, dropped the ball,” he said.


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The eatery, which Choi said has been open 13 years, scored 91 on its inspections in 2017 and 2016.

Follow-up inspections are usually done within 10 days of the original evaluation.

“You can rest assured I will get a 100,” Choi said.


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