Dirty Dining: Target 8 tests find potentially ‘hazardous’ buffet

Dirty Dining: Target 8 tests find potentially ‘hazardous’ buffet


3 3 BRIAN:..EARLIER TODAY, TARGET 8 EXPOSED THE WORST OF THE WORST RESTAURANTS WHEN IT COMES TO THE KINDS OF HEALTH VIOLATIONS THAT CAN MAKE YOU SICK.AT THE TOP OF THAT LIST, ACCORDING TO OUR ANALYSIS: ORIENTAL ASIAN BUFFET, IN WYOMING.MARLEE:..TONIGHT, TARGET 8 INVESTIGATOR KEN KOLKER GOES BEYOND THE COUNTY’S INSPECTION REPORTS, TESTING THE SAFETY OF THE RESTAURANT’S BUFFET HIMSELF. 3 KEN:..WE USED THIS DIGITAL THERMOMETER, WITH A LESSON ON HOW TO USE IT FROM A FORMER KENT COUNTY HEALTH SUPERVISOR, TO TEST MEAT FEATURED ON THE BUFFET. FOOD THAT’S TOO COLD OR TOO WARM CAN LEAD TO THE GROWTH OF DANGEROUS BACTERIA THAT CAN MAKE YOU SICK. 3 3 WE FIRST MADE SURE THE THERMOMETER WAS ACCURATE. WILLIAM DEHAAN: “PUT THEM IN ICE AND JUST SEE IF THEY GO TO 32. IF THEY GO TO 32, THEY’RE GOOD.”THE BUFFET AT ORIENTAL ASIAN BUFFET IS A BIG DRAW, WITH STEAM TABLES OFFERING EVERYTHING FROM FROG LEGS TO SALMON TO CRAB RANGOONS.BUT THE RESTAURANT IS KENT COUNTY’S LEADER IN SERIOUS, POTENTIALLY HEALTH-THREATENING VIOLATIONS — WITH 39 OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS, ACCORDING TO A TARGET 8 ANALYSIS.VIOLATIONS INCLUDE NOT KEEPING FOOD AT SAFE TEMPERATURES — REPEATEDLY. WILLIAM DEHAAN: “THE TEMPERATURE DANGER ZONE IS WHAT WE HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR AND WE KNOW THAT 41 TO 135 IS OUR DANGER ZONE. BACTERIA GROWS THE BEST BETWEEN 70 UP TO 125.” WILLIAM DEHAAN: “THIS IS THE AREA YOU CAN SEE IN RED, BACTERIA IS GOING TO GROW VERY RAPIDLY.”THAT BRINGS US TO OUR FIRST TEST AT ORIENTAL ASIAN BUFFET: KEN KOLKER: “PORK DUMPLING.” PLENTY HOT.” MORE THAN 136 DEGREES. 3 KEN KOLKER: “THAT’S GOOD.” KEN KOLKER: “GARLIC SHRIMP.” TOPPED OUT AT 114.2 — TOO COLD BY 20 DEGREES, IN THAT DANGER ZONE.CHICKEN HIT ONLY 119.9 DEGREES, ALSO TOO COLD. KEN KOLKER: “THAT’S IT FOR THAT ONE. KEN KOLKER: “THIS IS FROG LEGS. 92.4.”THEN, AN UNLABELED MEAT ON A STICK. 3 KEN KOLKER: “IT’S TOPPED OUT. 92.6. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS IS.” 3 BOTH 40 DEGREES TOO COLD. ORIENTAL ASIAN BUFFET MANAGER: “EXCUSE ME. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHO ARE YOU? KEN KOLKER: “WE’RE FROM WOOD TV.” MANAGER: “HUH?” KEN KOLKER: “WE’RE FROM TV8. WE’RE JUST TESTING OUT FOOD.” MANAGER: “YOU CANNOT DO THAT.” KEN KOLKER: “WHY CAN’T WE DO THAT?” MANAGER: “YOU CANNOT DO THAT. YOU’RE NOT AN INSPECTOR.” KEN KOLKER: “YOUR TEMPERATURES ARE LESS THAN 135 DEGREES.” MANAGER: “NO, IT DOESN’T MATTER. IT DOESN’T MATTER.” KEN KOLKER: “WHY DOESN’T IT MATTER?” MANAGER: “IT DOESN’T MATTER.” KEN KOLKER: “DOESN’T THAT MAKE PEOPLE SICK?” MANAGER: “NO WE DON’T EVER MAKE PEOPLE SICK.” HE SAID HE WAS THE MANAGER, BUT WOULDN’T GIVE HIS NAME. MANAGER: “YOU NOT A PROFESSIONAL. YOU NOT PROFESSIONAL DO THAT…. YOU NO HAVE POWER TO DO THAT. YOU DON’T HAVE POWER TO DO THAT.” THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY, BASED ON TARGET 8’S FINDINGS, THE PROFESSIONALS FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED THEIR OWN TESTS. 3 MAX BJORKMAN, KENT CO. HEALTH DEPARTMENT: “ANYTIME WE KNOW ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE GET OUT THERE, BECAUSE FIRST AND FOREMOST WE’RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THE CITIZENS ARE EATING SAFE FOOD.”THEY CITED ORIENTAL ASIAN BUFFET FOR NOT KEEPING “POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS FOOD” WARM ENOUGH.THE RESTAURANT THREW THAT FOOD AWAY.THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS ORIENTAL ASIAN BUFFET, WHICH ALSO IS KNOWN AS ASIAN GARDEN, IS ON THE SAME ENFORCEMENT TRACK THAT LED TO THE HIGHLY PUBLICIZED CLOSING OF XO ASIAN CUISINE LAST YEAR. 3 MAX BJORKMAN, KCHD: “THERE’S A SET OF RULES THAT WE’RE PLAYING BY AND WE DO THE BEST WE CAN WITH WHAT WE HAVE.”KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “WITH ALL THE VIOLATIONS AND ALL THE COMPLAINTS AT ASIAN GARDEN, WOULD YOU EAT THERE?” MAX BJORKMAN, KCHD: “I WOULD EAT THERE, I’D EAT AT ANY OF OUR LICENSES FACILITIES.” KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “WOULD YOU LET YOUR KIDS EAT THERE?” MAX BJORKMAN, KCHD: “YEAH.” 3 KEN:..THE MAN WHO IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS THE MANAGER REFUSED TO SIT DOWN FOR AN INTERVIEW. TARGET 8 ALSO LEFT REPEATED MESSAGES AT THE HOME OF THE OWNERS, BUT NEVER HEARD BACK FROM THEM. ON OUR WEB SITE, WE HAVE AN INTERACTIVE TOOL SO YOU CAN LOOK UP THE MOST SERIOUS VIOLATIONS AT YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT. WE ALSO HAVE A LIST OF THE COUNTY’S TOP 10 VIOLATORS. 3 3 3 BRIAN:..WE’RE DIGGING EVEN DEEPER INTO DIRTY DINING.CAN RESTAURANTS GET A CLEAN SLATE WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT BY SIMPLY CHANGING ITS NAME?FIND OUT TOMORROW ON 24 HOUR NEWS 8 AT 6. 3

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*