Power outages cause restaurants to throw away food

Power outages cause restaurants to lose food

Those Central Georgia locations still without power include many restaurants.

The Department of Public Health says they have been hard at work checking these restaurants making sure they get rid of any spoiled food.

The manager of the El Sombrero off of Forsyth Road, Benny Bacquc, says Irma took more than just their power. He says they lost about 80 percent of their food inventory.

“We have to throw away all the meats, all the veggies, all the homemade salsas,” says Bacquc.

Bacquc says they had no power for two days. When it came back on, he says they had to make some changes.

“We don’t have like chicken tortilla soup because it’s a long process and we wanted to open,” says Bacquc.

But El Sombrero is not alone.

“Our rules call for any restaurant that losses electrical power for more than two hours to notify us,” says Rick Craft from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Craft says they have been hard at work giving inspections after Irma.

“We assist them in taking temperatures and what to do with the product,” says Craft.

Craft says after a few hours, most items have to be thrown away.

“The cooler temperatures and the freezer temperatures are really critical for food safety. We want to make sure food stays below 41 degrees in any cooler or refrigerator,” says Craft.

Craft says almost all of the restaurants are good about this and go ahead and clear out the fridge. Bacquc says El Sombrero is one of those.

“I want to be safe. I don’t want to save something just to save money,” says Bacquc.

Even though he calls this a setback, Bacquc says he has no doubt they will bounce back.

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