NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk Health Department is investigating a Japanese restaurant after its employees were found to be hanging fish out to dry behind the business.
“That’s nasty,” one customer said. “It is definitely nasty.“
A WAVY viewer contacted 10 On Your Side after he saw the fish hanging. He called the health department,which went right to Daiwa Sushi on Hampton Boulevard.
Owner Yong Chen showed 10 On Your Side the dumpster where health inspectors made him throw the fish away.
“People complain, the health department come in and say just throw it away,“ Chen said.
Chen said adding salt and drying fish is a way to persevere the product, but he said he understands why it can be considered unsanitary.
“In China it is popular, you know?” Chen said. “They say we can not do it. We don’t keep. We don’t do it any more.“
10 On Your Side looked at online records and found Daiwa Sushi was recently inspected on August 12. Inspectors found seven violations, but they are all easily corrected. The biggest one was that not enough of the food service employees had a valid food service card.
We’re are still waiting to hear if the business was cited by the health department for the fish hanging, but we do know the health department will come back within a week and re-inspect the restaurant.