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12 On Your Side: What you need to know about restaurant inspections

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Experts say you should check out restaurants on government websites to make sure they're safe. (WRDW-TV / Oct. 4, 2011)

AUGUSTA -- Several restaurants in Richmond County are receiving "C's" on their health inspection reports.

News 12 discovered Andrews Restaurant at the Doubletree Hotel is up for a hearing with the Richmond County Health Department after it received a score of 71 and then later a 72 on its health inspections.

Les Reagan, general manager of Doubletree Hotel, sent News 12 this statement: "On the day of the inspection, the inspector found some items that needed to be addressed. We are addressing them and are looking forward to a re-inspection and returning to the high grade that our restaurant has always maintained."

Randy Wishard with the Richmond County Health Department explained the process.

"When you get into the 'C' range or 'U' range, we are required to do a follow-up, a 10 day re-inspection to see if the infractions have been corrected," Wishard said.

New Chan Express scored a 75 for violations that could possibly cause food-borne illnesses.

The Health Department recommends that restaurant visitors check out their favorite places to eat online.

In Georgia, just go to the Georgia Division of Public Health's website and in South Carolina, visit DHEC's website.

"Make a point to look at the inspection sheet; they have to post it and if they aren't posting it, then I would ask myself why," Wishard said.


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