A viral clip on social media has caused uproar after showing employees of a Chinese Restaurant in Tennessee washing kitchen supplies in a local lake.
The video prompted an intervention and temporary closure by Metro Health Department, but following an investigation the restaurant passed an inspection and was allowed to reopen.
However despite passing the inspection, for some customers the restaurant’s reputation has been permanently tarnished with some taking to social media to air their views.
Lance Glover, who took the original video, wrote on Facebook: “This is the Chinese restaurant in Old Hickory, TN washing all the cooking ware, pots, wash rags, and even grill top in the old hickory lake.
“I followed them back to restaurant and hid and got them on camera before they caught me recording and stopped bringing stuff back into the restaurant but this is just UNSANITARY BY ALL MEANS and this isn’t the first time this has happened, they do it every week!”
However, Michelle Pan, the daughter of the restaurant’s owners, spoke to Fox News to defend the employees.
She said that “no pots, pans, utensils, [or] plates” had been washed in Old Hickory Lake, only equipment that did not come into contact with food.
She said: “None of the customers we’ve had have ever complained about getting sick from our food.
“We keep our health inspection scores high and we know what we’re doing in the kitchen.”