By Jean Cao Junchen
Several Yoshinoya fast food branches in Beijing have been found guilty of hygiene violations, including serving recycled rice, and failing to properly disinfect tableware, an undercover report from Beijing Times revealed Friday.
The investigation showed that tableware was simply rinsed with water, and the disinfectant machine’s temperature was lower than required. “We have no choice because there is no extra time for us to disinfect these bowls,” a staff member stated.
Staff admitted they only used the disinfectant machine to clean tableware when the manager was around.
The report also found that staff were reusing bowls after quickly rinsing them in the sink, and wiping chopsticks dry with dirty rags.
One sub-branch even served customers expired rice. They changed the time on the rice cooker to fool inspectors.
“We paid money, but we were badly cheated. All things here are disgusting. I have no confidence to eat at Yoshinoya any more, ” Ms. Wu, a former regular of Yoshinoya, said.
The restaurant reportedly recruited employees who didn’t possess health certificates, simply urging them to apply for them after being hired.
Yoshinoya is a Japanese restaurant chain that entered the mainland China market in 1992.