Golden Corral has responded after a video was posted online over the weekend that allegedly shows one of its restaurants in Port Orange, Fla. storing large quantities of raw meat near a Dumpster while the restaurant was prepared for an inspection.
Local health authorities in Port Orange are investigating the restaurant after Brandon Huber, an employee at the restaurant, posted the video on YouTube.
In the video, Huber says: “Apparently what my company likes to do to get ready for inspections is to put their food by the Dumpsters.” He then shows raw hamburger patties, ribs and other food sitting by a Dumpster.
“To me this is disgusting,” Huber says. “I’m an employee here. I’ve been working here for a long time. I don’t feel this is right.”
On Monday, the restaurant chain released a statement saying none of the food shown in the video was served to customers.
“The Port Orange incident was a result of the Associate Manager making a bad decision to improperly store food when the corporate inspector made a routine, unannounced visit to the restaurant. I apologize that a member of my management team made this bad decision,” Eric Holm, owner of the Port Orange, FL Golden Corral restaurant, posted on the Golden Corral Facebook page.
Holm went on to say the inspection was being conducted by the Golden Corral corporation. Huber subsequently notified a manager of the issue and the food was disposed of properly. Huber even assisted in the disposal of the food one day prior to posting the videos online, according to Holm.
“I am personally disappointed that Mr. Huber chose to post the videos and make false statements after the situation was corrected,” Holm said.
The company said the manager involved in the improper storage of food “was terminated for failing to follow approved food handling procedures.”
The company claims Huber’s father offered to sell the video to the franchise owner for $5,000 before it was posted online.
Golden Corral is a national chain of restaurants with approximately 500 locations in more than 30 states.