Why a Grand Strand hibachi spot scored low during a health inspection

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A Murrells Inlet hibachi spot lost points during a routine health inspection for not having food properly dated and having food stored on the floor, reports show.

An inspector with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control conducted a routine inspection Oct. 28 at Wu Sang Hibachi, at 513 Courtfield Drive, and handed the restaurant an 82 percent.

The inspection report states the restaurant was not following proper steps for sanitizing dishes and utensils. The restaurant was also not following proper cold-holding temperatures for cooked and raw chicken and fish, according to the report.

No date markings were on any cooked or ready-to-eat foods, the inspection report states. Wu Sang lost additional points for having steaks thawing on the counter and food stored on the floor in the freezer, according to the inspection report.

DHEC scores establishments on a 100-percent scale, with letter grades A through C.

Inspections are a “snapshot in time” of retail food establishments’ employee behavior and preparation practices, according to DHEC. Each inspection is annually or quarterly depending on the establishment’s food processes and compliance history.

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