Franchise owners for Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Puget Sound region that recently received poor health inspections released a statement today, July 30.
Statement from Chick-fil-A restaurants of Puget Sound:
Food safety and cleanliness are our utmost priority at Chick-fil-A. Each of our independently owned and operated restaurants in the Puget Sound area have immediately addressed the issues noted in the health inspection reports. As common practice, Lynnwood and Tacoma were able to address and correct the situation immediately with the inspector on-site, and the Bellevue restaurant is scheduled for a re-inspection within the next few days. We are confident upon re-inspection the items cited in the Bellevue report will be corrected. Each restaurant is following the protocol outlined in our food handling policy for cooling and holding procedures and these procedures comply with the State of Washington’s health code.
The Bellevue Chick-fil-A received an unsatisfactory inspection by Public Health – Seattle & King County on July 15.
Among the issues recorded by the health inspector were employees not using gloves when handling certain foods and machinery, improper cooling procedures for deep fried chicken and unclean towels in cloudy sanitizing buckets.
Chick-fil-A received a 55-point score, which requires another inspection within 14 days. If the violations are not corrected, the restaurant’s permit could be suspended, according to the inspector’s report.
The red violations found by the inspector were identified as improper practices that are the most prevalent contributing factors of foodborne illness.