I wouldn’t want to eat there: Wisconsin city takes rare action in temporarily closing China Buffet

US Food Safety

by Doug Powell

For the first time in more than a decade, city health inspectors in Appleton, Wisconsin, ordered a restaurant closed for unsanitary conditions earlier this year.

And it was a China Buffet.

The Post Crescent reports the emergency order was prompted after a contractor who was working at the building discovered “hundreds” of cockroaches and called the city health department, according to documents obtained by the newspaper through a public records request. Inspectors then found that employees weren’t properly washing their hands, raw food was sitting out and the restaurant was in general disrepair.

“We went from zero to 100 on this one,” Appleton Health Officer Kurt Eggebrecht said. “Given it’s the first time we’ve done this in 12 years, it’s very significant. What we base our decisions on is, was there a potential for someone to become ill, and in this case there was.”

Vivian Liu, China…

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