Metro-East News

Health inspector finds moldy produce in Southern Illinois buffet

Health inspectors in Williamson County had food thrown away immediately during the October inspection at the Hong Kong Buffet at the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion.

Moldy produce was found in the kitchen, WSIL reported.

There were other health violations, including sauce cups that did not have ladles and a dish machine strainer needed cleaning.

Hong Kong Buffet’s total score out of 100 points was 89, which included the five-point deduction for the critical violation of moldy food.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.