La Comarca Mexican Buffet and Grocery Store received a 31% on their Georgia Department of Public Health inspection Thursday. An inspection that took 5 hours to complete.
According to a health inspection report prepared by inspector Joseph Addison, there were 20 violations cited during this routine check. Just a few were:
- Observed employee cutting raw meat (chicken) and then going around the facility and touching doors, bottles, and other products.
- Observed that a tray of stuffed peppers, prepared yesterday, was being reheated to 140F (using a microwave) and then was going to be placed on the line for service.
- In the butcher section of the store observed that chicken was being stored above raw beef and seafood; observed raw beef and raw chicken being stored above raw seafood. Also observed RTE/TCS cheese being stored immediately next to raw meats without proper segregation to prevent contamination.
There was an informal hearing held yesterday at the Chatham County Health Department, no word yet on the results of that meeting. We called the restaurant today for a comment. According to the staff who answered, they are still open for business as usual because “they told us we could”. We spoke with three employees, including one who called us, and nobody could comment on the inspection itself.
Their score before this 31 was an 80 which they received on July 31st of 2018 during a follow up inspection after receiving a score of 77 just two months prior. July 31st of 2018 marks the last time La Comarca has been inspected by the Department of Public Health prior to Thursday’s inspection.
There is a follow up inspection next Friday the 27th.