DHEC orders Chinese restaurant to throw away cooked food

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Department of Health and Environmental Control inspectors visited China Garden in Socastee this week. They gave the Chinese restaurant a score of 85 after finding one critical risk factor and several minor violations.

According to the report, inspectors found a critical risk factor, cooked chicken  that was not kept at the required temperature. China Garden was asked to throw away the cooked chicken on the spot.

There were other violations inspectors found and now the restaurant has 10 days to fix them before DHEC comes back for a follow-up inspection. China Garden was asked to cover food in its walk-in refrigerator, discard cutting boards with holes, clean shelving above the sink, repaint paint rusted shelving, and clean the broiler.

The owner says she feels the inspection with DHEC went okay and she is ready for their follow-up inspection.

Diner @ the Beach in Myrtle Beach also got a visit from DHEC inspectors. They got a score of 97 which is an 'A' rating. The restaurant serve Mediterranean and kosher food.

Inbal Breneham, Diner @ the Beach's owner, says her secret to keeping a clean kitchen is to make sure everything is spotless by the end of the business day.

"You start your next day fresh and you know that everything is in its place and clean, and you can focus on the food," says Breneham.

Don Hansen says he visits Diner @ the Beach all the time and loves to bring friends and family along so they can try it for themselves.

"The food is always good. Great quality ingredients and freshly prepared right while you're sitting here," says Hansen.

Inspectors did find some minor violations like damaged ceiling tiles and ordered the owner to clean the floor under some equipment. Breneham says she's definitely going to follow DHEC's instructions. As far as Don Hansen can tell, Diner @ the Beach also passes his inspection.

"It's always been very clean. I've never had an issue or concern about that."

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