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Thawed blood, food kept in to-go bags. This Myrtle Beach restaurant didn’t get an A

How DHEC decides whether a restaurant gets an ‘A’ or a ‘C’

DHEC conducts inspections — what it calls a “snapshot in time” of retail food establishments’ employee behavior and preparation practices — annually or quarterly depending on the establishment’s food processes and compliance history.
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DHEC conducts inspections — what it calls a “snapshot in time” of retail food establishments’ employee behavior and preparation practices — annually or quarterly depending on the establishment’s food processes and compliance history.

A Myrtle Beach restaurant had thawed blood at the bottom of a refrigerator and food packaging with no expiration dates during its first inspection as an operating business, according to a DHEC report.

La Vinotinto scored an 83 on its latest inspection Nov. 27.

During the inspection, food was found stored in to-go bags and a refrigerator that needs repairing had not kept food frozen, according to the report. Thawed blood was on the bottom of the refrigerator, a non-food contact spot.

The restaurant, at 402 Broadway St., also did not have its dish-washing station up to code, the report states. Milk and flour were stored in containers that were not labeled and food had packaging without a throw-away date, according to DHEC.

A DHEC inspector noted there was an employee who did not change gloves between handling uncooked chicken and uncooked ground beef.

The business had its pre-operational inspection Oct. 2 and received an A.

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