MASSACHUSETTS: Northborough restaurant on life support
Posted: May 20th, 2012 - 12:16pm
Source: Metro West Daily News
NORTHBOROUGH -- Despite one member’s belief that the public’s health will be at risk, the Board of Health last night agreed to give the Great Wall Asian restaurant a third “last chance” to correct its poor food preparation problems.
“You’re setting a precedent that this is how far you’re going to put the public at risk in order to save a business,” said Deirdre O’Connor, the only member of the three-person board to oppose giving the restaurant its third stay of execution in two years. “I’m not willing to put the public at risk anymore.”
The 259 West Main St. eatery has been shut down twice in the past for serious violations of the food safety code. The restaurant was placed on probation on April 10 and told — for the second time, members acknowledged last night — that this would be its final chance.
On May 8, Health Agent Jamie Terry found five critical food safety violations.
Terry said when she walked in for the surprise inspection, she saw employees scrambling into walk-in cooler with food.
“Let’s bring that back out,” Terry said she told the employees. They came out of the refrigerator holding chicken that had been improperly left on a counter and was unfit to serve to the public, she said.
Terry said the restaurant isn’t dirty, but the family that runs it hasn’t been consistent with proper food safety procedures.
The Wen Qin Lin family, which does not speak English well, hired a lawyer and another food safety consultant for last night’s hearing.