Lawyers for restaurant accused of falsifying gov’t docs issues statement

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) –  The lawyers for a Lower Paxton restaurant accused of falsifying a government food safety document have issued a statement.

In a recent restaurant inspection, Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture wrote that Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet on Jonestown Road posted a fake Food Employee Certification. A document designed to show that the restaurant has a supervisory employee who has been educated and passed a test about food safety and sanitation.

On Friday, Scaringi & Scaringi, P.C. issued the following statement on the restaurant’s behalf:

The Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet is committed to providing customers with delicious, fresh and authentic meals.

Hibachi Grill takes its responsibility to its patrons seriously and is working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to address any and all concerns. All of the food safety issues identified during the May 9 inspection have been corrected or are being addressed. Hibachi Grill looks forward to satisfying the department of its compliance with all applicable regulations.

Additionally, Hibachi Grill’s president and one of its managers have registered with approved training programs to obtain up-to-date training and certification concerning safe food handling practices.

All employees have undergone refresher training regarding food handling and correct cleaning procedures. As part of this training, Hibachi Grill has instituted a comprehensive checklist of cleaning duties and responsibilities that all staff must follow. Weekly mandatory training will be ongoing.

Since 2010, Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet at 5080 Jonestown Road in Colonial Commons has been honored to serve Central Pennsylvania. Hibachi Grill takes seriously the trust its customers place in the restaurant and promises to provide the highest quality cuisine.

The Department of Agriculture says it cannot comment on the specific “legal matter” involving the alleged falsified document, but spokespeople have said it takes a lot to shut a restaurant down.

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