Chinese restaurant shut down after altercation with inspector - KCTV5

Chinese restaurant shut down after altercation with health inspector

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A local Chinese restaurant is shut down because of how a health inspector was treated when he went inside.

 

A health inspector at the Red Dragon House was re-inspecting the restaurant Tuesday after several violations had been spotted. Things still weren't up to code, meaning the inspector would have to come out again. That is when someone with the inspector said someone with the Red Dragon got mad and things turned ugly.

"The word that there would need to be a re-inspection resulted in a hostile reaction that developed quickly into an unsafe environment for the health inspector," said Jeff Hershberger, with the Kansas City Health Department.

The inspector quickly left the restaurant, which leaves the health department no choice but to close it, until they can safely check that everything is fixed.

"It's rare that we have to close an establishment because of an unsafe environment for the inspector," Hershberger said.

The Red Dragon was cited for three critical violations.

Storing raw chicken near cooked noodles, prepared food was not marked with the date, and there were mouse droppings in the kitchen. They we all corrected during the inspection, but because they were repeat violations another inspection was needed to make sure they stayed that way.

"There was improvement, but more was needed," Hershberger said.

But the altercation between the employee and inspector stopped everything.

"Anytime the inspection is interrupted or becomes an unsafe environment for our inspectors, the inspection stops. Our inspectors are out there trying to protect everyone, make sure everyone has a safe eating environment, and we're trying to make sure our inspectors are safe," Hershberger said. 

Each time the Red Dragon is re-inspected, it costs the restaurant $150. Before the Red Dragon can open back up, they will need to meet with the health department about their plans to correct the violations, and what they plan to do about keeping health inspectors safe.

For now, the restaurant is closed until further notice.

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A health inspector at the Red Dragon House was re-inspecting the restaurant after several violations had been spotted. Things still weren't up to code, meaning the inspector would have to come out again. That's when someone with the inspector said someone with the Red Dragon got mad and things turned ugly.

 

"the word that there would need to be a reinspection resulted in a hostile reaction that developed quickly into an unsafe environment for the health inspector," said Jeff Hershberger, with the Kansas City Health Department.

 

The inspector quickly left the restaurant, which leaves the health department no choice but to close it, until they can safely check that everything is fixed.

 

"It's rare that we have to close an establishment because of an unsafe environment for the inspector," Hershberger said.

 

The Red Dragon was cited for three critical violations. Storing raw chicken near cooked noodles, prepared food was not marked with the date, and there were mouse droppings in the kitchen. They we all corrected during the inspection, but because they were repeat violations another inspection was needed to make sure they stayed that way.

 

"There was improvement, but more was needed," Hershberger said.

 

But the altercation between the employee and inspector stopped everything.

 

"Anytime the inspection is interrupted or becomes an unsafe environment for our inspectors, the inspection stops. Our inspectors are out there trying to protect everyone, make sure everyone has a safe eating environment, and we're trying to make sure our inspectors are safe," Hershberger said.

 

Each time the Red Dragon is re-inspected, it costs the restaurant $150.  Before the Red Dragon can open back up, they'll need to meet with the health department about their plans to correct the violations, and what they plan to do about keeping health inspectors safe. For now they are closed until further notice.

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