Rotten fruit, bugs in flour: Pancake houses score low on health inspections

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Myrtle Beach area pancake houses and an Asian restaurant were slapped with low scores during routine inspections over the last week by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Here is what inspectors found while visiting the restaurants and what each spot scored, according to DHEC inspection reports:

Paradise Pancake and Omelette House, at 1201 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, was handed a 70 percent during a routine inspection Oct. 11. The restaurant lost points for having “rotten, swollen, slimy and soft” bananas and tomatoes with mold, according to an inspection report. An inspector found the restaurant was not following proper cooling time and temperatures and proper hot-holding temperatures. Food was seen without discard dates, according to the report.

Garden City Pancake House, at 2908 Highway 17 Business, was given an 82 percent during a routine inspection Oct. 11, and later scored an 100 percent during a follow-up inspection about three days later, reports show. In the routine inspection, the restaurant ‘s employees were using bare hands to handle food, cutting boards and egg bowls were being rinsed, but not properly sanitized, and the proper cooling time and temperatures and proper cold-holding temperatures were not being followed. The restaurant lost points for having gravy, tomatoes and sliced meats without dates, the report states.

Jay Asian Fusion, 2126 Highway 9 E. in Longs, scored a 73 percent during a routine inspection Tuesday after an inspector found bugs in a pan of flour on the cook line, the restaurant was not following proper cold-holding temperature standards and onions, flour and broccoli were stored on the floor, according to the report.

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.

Grades are on a 100-point scale, with letter grades A through C. An “A” grade is a score higher than 87 points. The “B” grade ranges from 78 to 87 points, and means an establishment’s food safety practices need improvement, according to DHEC. Grade “C” is anything less than 78 points. The C-level grade means food safety practices need “significant improvement,” according to DHEC.

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