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China House

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DECATUR — An inspector from the Macon County Health Department is set to follow up next week on new sanitation measures at China House after the restaurant was closed for health-code violations July 20.

The restaurant, 1205 E. Eldorado St., was closed after it received a score of 48 out of 100 during a routine health inspection, according to Macon County records obtained through a request under the Freedom of Information Act. It was allowed to reopen three days later when it received a score of 97 on a follow-up inspection.

“At this time, establishment has completed extensive cleaning process,” an inspector wrote July 23. “(And) has outlined and discussed appropriate handling of product and smart food practices.”

The county’s sanitation ordinance requires restaurants to be closed immediately if they score below 60, and to be inspected again if they score below 84. 

Among violations cited on the report of the initial inspection included issues with the temperature of raw chicken, pork, shrimp and eggrolls; employees putting raw chicken and vegetables in a single-service container, cooking them and then returning them to the same container; and the front door of the vestibule being propped open when it should be kept closed.

Records also show that the health department determined that a complaint of foodborne illness was founded because of the results of the July 20 inspection.

A person who ate vegetable fried rice late on the evening of July 18 became sick with vomiting and diarrhea early on July 19, records said. The complaint was determined to be founded because the inspection showed the possibility of cross-contamination and food not being kept cold enough.

The inspector wrote that the health department would return Aug. 6 to ensure that all of the violations had been addressed.

The restaurant’s owner was not immediately available for comment Monday. An employee who answered the phone at the business declined to talk on the record.

County health department employees perform more than 2,000 inspections each year on more than 700 Macon County restaurants, cafeterias, grocery stores, gas stations, home kitchens and food stands. Each receives a percentage score from 0 to 100 based on a report with more than 50 checklist items.

The Herald & Review receives weekly results from the health department through a Freedom of Information Act request and publishes them at

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Contact Allison Petty at (217) 421-6986. Follow her on Twitter: @allison0512


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