Golden Corral doesn’t serve its customers food stored beside dumpsters. Any claims to the contrary are false, and any videos that allege as much are only half truths that don’t get across the entire story. At least that’s the message Golden Corral owner Eric Holm tried to get across yesterday in one of the most ill-conceived and idiotic attempts at damage control the food industry has ever seen.
Here’s a look at what was posted on the company’s official Facebook page…
Eric Holm, owner of the Port Orange, FL Golden Corral restaurant, commented:
The incident in question he’s referring to is seen in the video at the top of the post. During a routine inspection from Golden Corral’s corporate office, a manager or managers wheeled a bunch of the meat outside and placed it by a dumpster. An employee, Brandon Huber, took a video of the incident and notified his bosses. If Brandon and other employees are to be believed, the food was wheeled back inside once the inspection was completed. Afterwards, Brandon allegedly refused to cook the dumpster food, but once he left, some are alleging the food was once again wheeled out, cooked and served.
Regardless of what the specifics actually are, the incident has shocked and horrified millions of people. If this food was actually going to be thrown away, it seems ludicrous it would have been left inside expensive pots and pans by the dumpster, and had Brandon not blown the whistle, it does seem like at least that one manager was hellbent on serving it. One would have thought Golden Corral corporate would have run out ahead of this story and released a vicious and sweeping indictment of how the entire Port Orange franchise was being run, but to this point, that hasn’t happened.
There have always been and will always be safety issues in the food industry. That’s damn near impossible to get around because of how many companies are involved in the chain of production and how dangerous food can sometimes be, but there’s a big difference between an honest mistake and blatantly ignoring common sense health standards.
With this story showing no signs of dying, I would expect the corporate office to begin getting more aggressive sooner rather than later. Until then, here’s the picture of Golden Corral executives would rather you have…